UK Labour leader accuses Theresa May of 'pandering' to Trump

Violet Powell
May 15, 2017

US President Donald Trump appears to be fanning the flames of worldwide conflicts rather than defusing them, but the United Kingdom under Labour leadership would not follow Washington blindly, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday.

"So far during this campaign we have learned one thing about Jeremy Corbyn; proud and patriotic working class people in towns and cities across Britain have not deserted the Labour Party - Jeremy Corbyn has deserted them", she is expected to say.

Mrs May said the leaked draft of Labour's General Election manifesto was a "multibillion-pound ideological wish list of deliverable promises" with a funding shortfall estimated to be "at least £30 billion".

The Labour leader sought to respond to Tory claims he was weak on defence and security policy by insisting he was "not a pacifist" but that if he was prime minister, the UK would focus on diplomacy and United Nations efforts to find solutions to conflicts. "So no more hand holding with Trump".

He accused Trump of "recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran and backing a new nuclear arms race".

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected claims he is a pacifist, saying he accepts that military action "under global law and as a genuine last resort" is sometimes necessary.

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Corbyn said he would take a different direction, calling the USA -led "war on terror" a failure. "I accept that military action, under worldwide law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary", he will say.

"It has not increased our security at home".

However, Ian Lavery, Labour's national campaign chairman and most recent MP for Wansbeck, said: "This is nonsense".

In a major speech outlining his approach to defence and foreign policy, the Labour leader said it was an "extraordinary question" to be asked whether he would countenance pressing the nuclear button. The party's main slogan is "strong and stable" - in contrast to what May calls "a Corbyn-led coalition of chaos".

Having faced criticism for being unclear of his position on Britain's divorce from the European Union, Corbyn said the issue of whether Brexit should happen had been settled, and went on to set out his negotiating objectives.

"I will be reaching out to all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long".

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