MP Jim Fitzpatrick quits shadow cabinet over Syria
Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick has resigned from the shadow cabinet after speaking out against Labour party policy on Syria.
He quit after saying he would vote against an offensive on the Middle East country even if it was proved its government was behind the recent chemical weapons attack on citizens.
It was in response to Labour leader Ed Miliband saying the party would not support military intervention unless it had more evidence about the attack in Syria.
Mr Fitzpatrick said in the House of Commons today: "In terms of the Opposition amendment - it's fair to say it's more honest and open and structured.
"But, from my reading, it essentially endorses the same principle: 'If we can address certain issues, if certain conditions are met, military action can happen'. I don't believe that it should under any circumstances."
The Labour Party afterwards said Mr Fitzpatrick had resigned his role as shadow transport minister on the opposition's front bench.
Later, MPs voted against military action in principle on Syria by 285 votes to 272.