Jeremy Corbyn will blame 'foreign wars' for the Manchester bombing
In a shocking intervention, the Labour leader will blame “foreign wars” for the atrocity.
The speech, which was trailed last night breaking an election main parties’ truce on national campaigning, has again brought into question Mr Corbyn’s commitment to taking on terrorists and extremists.
Last night opponents privately pointed out that he has opposed anti-terror legislation on at least 13 occasions.
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The Labour leader has opposed anti-terror legislation on at least 13 occasions
The far Left Labour leader has also previously shared a platform with Islamic terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas and described them as “friends”.
And even during the election he refused to specifically condemn the actions of the IRA during the Troubles having actively supported its political wing Sinn Fein.
In October last year secret recordings were revealed of one of his aides Shelly Asquith calling dismissing the threat of “so-called Islamic extremism” and laying plans for of “grassroots activism” to make Prevent, the government’s anti-terror strategy, “truly unworkable”.
He has also previously described Islamic terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas as 'friends'
In the past Mr Corbyn and his closest political ally, shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, have called for MI5 and the army to be abolished.
The responsibility of government is to minimise [the] chance [of a terrorist attack]
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Meanwhile, it was revealed that shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who Mr Corbyn wants to put in charge of Britain’s security, in 1984 said that “every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us” referring to her support for IRA terrorists.
Mr Corbyn will today say: “The responsibility of government is to minimise [the] chance [of a terrorist attack] – 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.”
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He also appeared to blame the Manchester attack on actions against terrorist extremists in the Middle East, which has seen Isis almost wiped out by the Iraqi army thanks to British and allied air support.
He will say: “We will also change what we do abroad. 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.”
Although he added: “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.”