Jeremy Corbyn has again sought to distance himself from the IRA, as allegations of past links with the Irish terror group continue to marr his continuing opinion poll surge.
Yesterday, theLabour Party leader said that the IRA's bombing campaign was "completely wrong" because it had taken civilian lives.
Diane Abbott, his long-time ally and Shadow Home Secretary, has defended both hers and Mr Corbyn's historic comments on the IRA.
This morning she told Andrew Marr: "It was 34 years ago. I had a rather splendid afro at the time, I don’t have the same hair style, I don’t have the same views."
On Friday Mr Corbyn was grilled by the BBC's Andrew Neil on on Trident, NATO and the IRA.
He admitted that he had previously voted against the nuclear deterrent – “everybody knows that because I wanted to go in a different direction” – but made it clear that Labour was committed to a full renewal.
When quizzed on NATO – which he once labelled “a very dangerous Frankenstein of an organisation” – Mr Corbyn said: “I will be a committed member of that alliance in order to promote peace, justice, human rights and democracy”.
Earlier in the day, Mr Corbyn had claimed that "the war on terror simply isn't working" and drew a line between UK foreign policy and terror attacks on British soil.
Speaking about the Manchester attack which killed 22 on Monday, he said: “There is no question about the seriousness of what we face. Over recent years, the threat of terrorism has continued to grow.
“Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.
“That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.
“But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.”
Mr Corbyn's words were decried by Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Tim Farron among others, but were praised by many Labour supporters. Could his new approach swing the general election in Labour's favour?
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Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has surged ahead in the latest polls
Labour is now just six points behind the Conservatives in the latest poll from ORB International for the Sunday Telegraph. Mr Corbyn's party were found to have 38 per cent of support, with the Conservatives on 44.
The latest YouGov poll puts Labour on 36 per cent and the Conservatives on 43 per cent.
The Tory campaign made its first major misfire of the election 2017 campagin this week when Mrs May announced, and then seemingly reversed, policy which could force pensioners to sell off their homes to fund social care.
Mrs May made a stunning U-turn after widespread outrage at the plans, which dropped a cap on the amount of social care costs paid for an individual which is currently due to come into effect in 2020.
On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed that her Government “will make sure there’s an absolute limit on what people need to pay”.
“We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care,” she added.
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Prior to the row, the Conservatives had lead Labour by nine points, still a far cry from the double digit lead that Mrs May held at the start of the election campaign.
Mrs May’s personal approval rating has also dropped, from +10 on April 19 (the day after the election was announced) to -8 on Monday.
Conversely, Mr Corbyn’s favourability has risen from -42 to -11, with his manifesto pledges to renationalise the railways and boost funding for the NHS proving popular with left-wing voters.
In the wake of the Manchester attack, Mrs May’s rating bounced back to +1 as she chaired a series of Cobra meetings.
Mr Corbyn’s rating dropped to -16, however this is still quite a way from his previous lows.
The Conservatives are still ahead in the latest YouGov poll, but their lead has shrunk significantly
With just under two weeks to go until Britain votes, these latest polls are by no means a definitive indication of who will win the general election.
YouGov said: “It has been a highly unusual few days in an election campaign, arguably unlike any other in history.
“There is no way of guessing what will happen in the two weeks to polling day but we will be able to be more confident about how voting intention settles down over the next few days.”
The Conservatives remain the favourite to win the most seats with odds of 1/18 at Betfair. Labour’s chances have been rated at 10/1.
The bookmaker has given 2/15 odds on a Conservative majority, with 15/2 odds on no overall majority and and 33/1 odds on a Labour majority.
Mrs May is the 1/9 favourite to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, with Mr Corbyn on 7/1.