Katy Balls 15 August 2018 3:59 PM 15 August 2018 3:59 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Will the latest anti-Semitism row damage Jeremy Corbyn? The row over the Munich memorial rumbles on for another day following the Labour leader’s refusal to apologise for attending a wreath-laying ceremony for members of the terrorist organisation behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Although there are photos of Corbyn holding a wreath near those gravestones – and he previously said that he laid a wreath at the ceremony – he says there were multiple wreaths and multiple people moving wreaths. His wreath was for the victims of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation base in 1985. Not helping matters is the fact that Corbyn appears to have changed his story a number of times. However, Corbyn’s main supporters have been keen to show that they are standing by their man. At a campaign event in Stoke, around 400 activists showed up … [Read more...] about How damaging will the latest anti-Semitism row be for Jeremy Corbyn?
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Let's start with the good news. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister-in-waiting, has done something right. "Further UK military intervention in Syria's appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already-devastating conflict," he said in a statement today. Every single word in that sentence is correct. We're already intervening and have since 2014 when the Ministry of Defence confirmed the RAF was involved in surveillance, which was used to provide others with targeting information. A year later it was revealed our pilots were taking part in airstrikes while embedded with other nations' forces, and by the end of 2015 France had asked us to join in and Parliament voted in favour. We've since conducted more than 100 airstrikes, with the latest ones reported by the MoD in February being a Reaper drone remotely targeting "terrorists in eastern Syria" and Typhoon jets attacking 2 ISIS armoured trucks, after which they "cratered a road to prevent it being used". … [Read more...] about Everything Jeremy Corbyn just said about Syria is wrong
Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to keep Britain in a permanent customs union with the EU has been branded Blairist spin "at its best" by a senior MP from his own party. In a speech in Coventry on Monday, the Labour leader sought to reboot Labour's Brexit policy by backing a customs union to ensure no trade tariffs were imposed with Europe and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.But Brexiteer Frank Field accused of setting out demands that "the whole country would vote for because he knows it's impossible to deliver".He said the EU would never accept the proposal, declaring: "It is not deliverable."Mr Field is one of the few Brexiteer Labour MPs, whose lack of support for an amendment to the Trade Bill could help scupper a Government defeat.:: Business groups welcome Corbyn's customs union pledge:: Everything you need to know about the customs unionMr Field suggested Mr Corbyn's announcement was worthy of "a mound of beans".He told Sky News: "It's a brilliant speech, it's Blairism at its … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s customs union plan ‘impossible to deliver’
Jeremy Corbyn has demanded an apology and a donation to charity from a Conservative MP who claimed the Labour leader sold British secrets to "communist spies". Ben Bradley, a Tory party vice-chairman, made the claim in a Twitter message which he subsequently deleted.Mr Corbyn has branded newspaper allegations that he met with a communist spy during the Cold War "increasingly wild and entirely false".Lawyers acting for the Labour leader note that while the tweet has been removed, "serious harm has been caused by your libellous statement".In a four-page letter to the Mansfield MP, they demand that Mr Bradley::: Confirms in writing that the defamatory statement will not be repeated in any form;:: Tweets an apology and asks followers to retweet it;:: Makes a donation to a charity of Mr Corbyn's choice in lieu of damages;:: And pays Mr Corbyn's legal costs.Sky News has contacted Mr Bradley's office for a response to the letter."Your statement that our client sold British secrets to … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn demands damages from Tory MP Ben Bradley over spy claim
Jeremy Corbyn has accused the press of going “a little bit James Bond” and warns them that “change is coming” in a video published in the wake of stories claiming he met with a Czech spy during the Cold War. The two-minute video was shared on the Labour leader’s official Twitter account yesterday evening and at the time of writing has been liked more than 20,000 times and retweeted nearly 10,000 times. Claims Corbyn met with the communist spy were first reported by the Sun on Thursday last week, with the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express all picking up the story. The Sun said Corbyn had met the spy three times and “warned him of a clampdown by British intelligence”, according to secret files the paper claims to have obtained.Addressing the camera directly in his video, Corbyn said the spy’s claims were “increasingly wild and entirely false”, including that the MP informed him about what Margaret Thatcher had for … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn warns press ‘change is coming’ in video responding to claims he met communist spy during Cold War