Cameron believes it is time to join other Western powers in bombing Islamic State militants in Syria, saying Britain could not 'subcontract' its security to others after the group claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris this month.

By calling the debate this week it was clear the prime minister was sure he had won over some skeptical members in his own ruling Conservative Party and others in the Labour Party, which is deeply divided on launching strikes.
               
Earlier Labour's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is opposed to the action, told lawmakers he would allow a so-called 'free vote' - breaking with a tradition for leaders to instruct lawmakers on how to vote on major decisions, to quell a growing rebellion in his party.

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