The election 2017 campaign has resumed today after all parties paused electioneering out of respect for the Manchester attack victims.
Jeremy Corbyn has linked terror attacks on the UK to British foreign policy in a major speech this morning, during which he said that the “war on terror is simply not working”.
The speech could jeopardise Labour’s recent poll success, after the party narrowed the gap with the Conservatives earlier this week.
Labour has surged ahead in the latest polls, while support for the Conservatives has wavered following the ‘dementia tax’ row.
Theresa May was forced to reverse her stance on a social care cap earlier this week after her manifesto failed to mention a limit on care contributions, sparking widespread outrage.
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Friday May 26
11.26am: Jeremy Corbyn said that he “did not want to make a narrow party political point” in his speech today.
“All of us now need to stand together.
“Stand together in memory of those who have lost their lives
“Stand together in solidarity with the city of Manchester
“And – stand together for democracy.”
11.24am: Jeremy Corbyn has said: “Seeing the army on our own streets today is a stark reminder that the current approach has failed”.
He said that no government can prevent every terror attack, adding: “But the responsibility of government is to minimise that chance, to ensure the police have the resources they need, that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country, and that at home we never surrender the freedoms we have won, and that terrorists are so determined to take away.
“Too often government has got it wrong on all three counts and insecurity is growing as a result. Whoever you decide should lead the next government must do better.”
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11.20am: Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the terrorist who killed 22 people in the Manchester bomb attack on Monday.
The Labour leader said that the attacker does not represent the Muslim community any more than Jo Cox’s killer represents anybody else.
“Do not doubt my determination to take whatever action is necessary to keep our country safe and to protect our people,” he said.
Mr Corbyn said that “austerity has to stop” for NHS and police funding, and vowed to put more police officers on the streets.
He added: “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.
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“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.
“We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”
Ahead of his speech, the latest polls have put Labour just five points behind the Conservatives.
YouGov found that 43 per cent plan to vote for the Conservatives, with 38 per cent supporting Labour.
Theresa May’s personal approval ratings dropped from +10 to -8 in the wake of the ‘dementia tax’ row, but have bounced back to +1 after the Manchester attack.
Mr Corbyn’s ratings have jumped from -42 to -11 after the social care furore, but have since fallen to -16.