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Summary

  1. MPs vote by 397 to 223 to authorise UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria
  2. RAF Tornado jets carry out their first air strikes against IS in Syria, the Ministry of Defence confirms
  3. Four RAF Tornado jets take off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
  4. During a 10-hour debate, David Cameron urged Tory MPs to 'take a stand' against IS
  5. Jeremy Corbyn said the PM's case "does not add up" and could make the situation worse
  6. Despite Tory rebels, PM was helped by votes of some Labour MPs, the Lib Dems and DUP
  7. A separate cross-party amendment opposing airstrikes was defeated by 390 votes to 211

Live Reporting

By Alex Hunt, Pippa Simm, Chris Davies, Aiden James and Rajdeep Sandhu

All times stated are UK

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MoD confirms RAF strikes in Syria

RAF Tornado
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RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence confirms.  

You can follow live coverage of this story here.

Scroll down to see last night's reaction to the Syria debate and how it unfolded and watch the key clips from the debate via the Key Video tab on this page. 

See how your MP voted here

MoD expected to give details of RAF missions later

Those two Tornados left RAF Akrotiri with three 500lb Paveway bombs each and returned to base just over three hours later without those weapons, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said.

The Ministry of Defence is expected to give details of what they targeted later today, he added.

Pair of jets land back in Cyprus

Two of the four RAF Tornados have just landed back in Cyprus, the BBC's Jonathan Beale says. 

More pictures of fighter jets leaving base

RAF Tornado leaving RAF Akrotiri
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RAF Tornado leaving RAF Akrotiri
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Some more pictures have come in of RAF fighter jets leaving their base in Akrotiri, Cyprus. Their destination is yet to be confirmed.

Hilary Benn's full speech - video

Hilary Benn making a speech in the House of Commons
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One of those newspapers, the Daily Telegraph, quotes shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn's speech, which was greeted with applause in the House of Commons. 

You can watch the whole speechhere.

Thursday's front pages

The result of the vote dominates Thursday's newspaper front pages. 

You can see a selection of them on the BBC's The Papers blog here.

RAF has been 'preparing for months'

BBC political correspondent Robin Brant said: "The British Royal Air Force has been preparing to be involved in these air strikes, to join the coalition of other Western forces who are attacking IS in Syria, for months. 

"So perhaps it would not be surprising if within just an hour of the UK Parliament giving its approval [...] these planes did take off and did attack some choice targets in Syria almost immediately."

Second pair of jets leave base

A second pair of RAF Tornados have left RAF Akrotiri, says the BBC's Jonathan Beale. 

Picture of Tornado leaving RAF Akrotiri

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RAF jets take off from Cyprus base

Two RAF Tornados have taken off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, the BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale says. 

They are the first to leave since the Commons vote. The base is used for bombing missions to Iraq, and it is not clear where the jets were heading. 

Obama welcomes UK Parliament vote

Barbara Plett-Usher, BBC News, New York

President Barack Obama has welcomed the vote by the UK Parliament to join coalition partners striking Islamic State targets in Syria. The White House statement was full-throated in its praise of the decision. President Obama highlighted the special relationship between the two countries - he called the UK one of America's most valued partners in the fight against IS, and said the US would work quickly to integrate British forces into the air war over Syria.

But in Washington there's also scepticism about the president's strategy - the Republican Senator John McCain is urging the deployment of more ground troops to defeat IS. He said it was good to have a show of support from the UK, but suggested this would be a token contribution that wouldn't significantly affect the outcome of the conflict.

Whatever the case, it's important for the White House to demonstrate that the coalition is intensifying the campaign against IS. Since the Paris attacks, it has been asking partners to increase their contributions. The president also welcomed the decision by the German cabinet to send troops to support coalition operations.

Hammond: 'UK will be safer'

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A selection of your views supporting Syria bombing

Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

Who were the Conservative rebels?

The seven Conservative MPs who voted against the government were:

John Baron

David Davis

Gordon Henderson

Philip Hollobone

Julian Lewis

Stephen McPartland

Andrew Tyrie

A selection of your views against Syria strikes

Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

How the rest of the shadow cabinet voted

While 11 shadow cabinet members voted with the government, 16 agreed with Jeremy Corbyn and opposed air strikes in Syria. Rosie Winterton, Labour's chief whip, abstained.

Shadow cabinet members who backed the government

Eleven members of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench voted with the government. They were:

Hilary Benn - shadow foreign secretary

Chris Bryant - shadow leader of the Commons

Vernon Coaker - shadow Northern Ireland secretary

Angela Eagle - shadow business secretary

Maria Eagle - shadow defence secretary

Lucy Powell - shadow education secretary

Tom Watson - deputy Labour leader

Michael Dugher - shadow culture secretary

Heidi Alexander - shadow health secretary

Gloria de Piero - shadow minister for young people and voter registration

Luciana Berger - shadow minister for mental health

Labour peer heaps praise on Hilary Benn

Lord Cashman tweets....