Words: Delmar Terblanche Subbing: Etienne Fermie Dave Davis has resigned as Brexit secretary. The move comes as a protest against the government’s vision for the policy, which he said “will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.” Dacis' resignation comes just weeks before the deadline for the EU and Theresa May’s government to agree on the terms of Brexit. Last week, the Prime Minister’s cabinet agreed upon a plan which would see the UK closely tied to Brussels - more closely than many hard-line Brexiteers would have liked. The plan involved agreeing to EU regulations on agriculture and industry, thereby achieving a free trade area with the bloc, as well as striving towards a “combined customs territory”. It was positively received
Despite reports suggesting UKIP could win the Oldham West and Royton's by-election Labour's candidate, Jim McMahon, won the seat. Words: Daisy Greenaway Following a close-call campaign and an election in which just 40% of the electorate voted Labour managed to hold on to the seat, which was held by the late Michael Meacher from 1970 until his death in October. Jim McMahon had served on the Oldham Council since November 2003 and received an OBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours for "services to the community in Oldham". Labour won the seat by 10,000 more votes than UKIP, who took second place. Speaking to the BBC following the results McMahon confirmed that had he been able to vote on the Syrian airstrikes he would of been against the government. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
As the UK begins to carry out airstrikes in Syria, it was not just the Labour Party that was split, but family members too. Hillary Benn's speech will go down in history, but how do his views differ to his father's? Words: Daisy Greenaway, Subeditor: Corey Armishaw Yesterday's speech by Hillary Benn will arguably go down in history after he received applause from both benches regarding his emphatic appeal on why the UK needed to get involved in Syria. However it is not just the speech alone that caused a stir, but rather how his views differ to that of his late father Tony Benn - who strongly opposed the war in Iraq. Four generations of the Benn family have sat in Parliament, always on behalf of Liberals or Labour, but it was Tony Benn's strong socialist views that won the family
A full list of which way MPs voted in yesterdays vote on airstrikes in Syria has now been released. Words: Daisy Greenaway MPs who supported the bombing motion Conservatives: Adam Afriyie (Windsor) Alan Mak (Havant) Alberto Costa (South Leicestershire) Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell) Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire) Alok Sharma (Reading West) Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan) Amanda Milling (Cannock Chase) Amanda Solloway (Derby North) Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye) Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire) Andrew Bingham (High Peak) Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) Andrew Griffiths (Burton) Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough) Andrew Mitchell (Sutto...