Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the shadow cabinet and the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting as Jeremy Corbyn decides whether to whip his MPs to vote against air strikes in Syria
According to the Sun’s Steve Hawkes, Jeremy Corbyn has now written to Labour’s national executive committee about Syria. It was reported at the weekend that he was planning to do this to ask if the NEC to rule on whether or not the government’s plans for air strikes meet the conditions set in the Syria motion passed by the Labour conference in September.
Now Jeremy Corbyn writes to the NEC about Syria- wonder when he'll go to Oldham and ask voters there. The irony of THE rebel crushing rebels
In her Today interview Diane Abbott said that it was for the party leader to decide how Labour MPs are whipped to vote, not the shadow cabinet. This is what Corbyn himself said in his interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday.
But PoliticsHome’s Kevin Schofield says the PLP’s standing orders tell a different story. He says section R3, which governs Commons votes, says:
While the party recognises the right of members to abstain from voting in the House on matters of deeply held personal conviction, any such personal intention shall be intimated in advance and as soon as possible to the chief whip. This does not entitle members to vote contrary to a decision of the cabinet/shadow cabinet.
Here's the Labour Party rule which suggests it's the Shadow Cabinet, not the leader, who decides whipping. pic.twitter.com/JbFhoQMB8K Continue reading...