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Ed Miliband statement on ISIL

"We cannot turn away from the threat of ISIL which is a murderous organisation, has taken British hostages, threatens the stability of the region and is therefore a threat to the UK’s national interest.

"That is why we will be supporting the Government’s proposal for UK air strikes in Iraq against ISIL.

"I want to reassure people there is no question of committing UK ground troops.

"There is an alliance which includes countries in the region.

"We will learn the lessons of the past - but we will not turn away from threats to our national interest."

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