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View from the commons—motion on Iraq: Coalition against Islamic State

By Jay Elwes  

While the result will be known shortly after five, it’s a foregone conclusion. Lots of very careful choreography has gone on here and the motion doctored to suit precisely what all parties will accept. Phone lines into the house were not being answered last night said one MP, meaning that no amendments could be added to the order paper.

The vote will allow air strikes on Iraq. The decision to leave Syria off the motion was down to Ed Miliband’s inner circle, particularly Douglas Alexander—and also Stewart Wood, who didn’t want action in either Syria or Iraq. They are the…

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