Ed Miliband risks a row with his party by imposing the whip on a controversial vote today asking MPs to recognise the state of Palestine.
Labour MPs have been ordered to observe a one-line whip – meaning those who turn up have to back the motion which comes before the Commons today.
But it is understood that several members of the shadow cabinet had asked for it to be free vote so they could abstain, and high-profile members of Mr Miliband’s frontbench have refused to attend.
Labour figures who oppose it claim it is ‘mad’ to simply recognise a state in principle, rather than support the Israeli and Palestinians side to engage in meaningful negotiations to make it happen.
The motion, forced by Labour backbencher Grahame Morris will almost certainly get through as many Tories and Liberal Democrats – who have been given a free vote – will also back it…