Friday, 26 May 2017

Anger as Jeremy Corbyn links foreign policy to UK terror attacks

Jeremy Corbyn has faced a barrage of criticism after he used the resumption of campaigning in the wake of the Manchester bombing to blame UK foreign policy for terror attacks.
The Labour leader argued the "war on terror" was not working and pledged a government led by him would take a different approach "that fights rather than fuels terrorism".

Mr Corbyn stressed the link between foreign policy and terrorism could not "remotely excuse" the actions of terrorists such as Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

However, his comments so soon after Monday's atrocity have sparked an angry response from opponents and some members of his own party.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the remarks "absolutely monstrous", while Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told Sky News the speech was "ill-judged".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused Mr Corbyn of trying to use the "grotesque act to make a political point", while Labour veteran Mike Gapes, a former chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said Islamic State terrorists "hate us for what we are", not "for what we do".

Mr Corbyn did not answer questions following his carefully worded speech in which he said that troops deployed on the streets following the Manchester attack was a "stark reminder" that the "war on terror" was failing.

SKY      News.