Tories yesterday focused fire on Jeremy Corbyn’s record on terrorism
A week after the Manchester bombing, Labour’s pledge to hire thousands more police, prison officers, firefighters and 500 extra border guards received a scathing response from Security Minister Ben Wallace.
He rejected opposition claims that the loss of 20,000 police posts under the Tories had made the country less safe and highlighted the millions ploughed into counter-terrorism.
Mr Corbyn has voted at least 17 times against anti-terror laws, Wallace told Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5.
“He would produce James Bonds licensed to do nothing and police officers with one arm tied behind their back. We’ve given them power.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr: “Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell all have a history of not supporting terrorist legislation.”
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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Corbyn “has opposed every piece of anti-terrorist legislation, does not support our military action in Iraq and Syria… and always questioned the nuclear deterrent”.
Mr Corbyn yesterday said that acts of terror were “not acceptable in any circumstances”.
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