Nicola Sturgeon defends Jeremy Corbyn over comments about the war on terror

Candice Alexander
May 28, 2017

Top intelligence and security officials in Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on Tuesday raised the threat level to "critical" - meaning an attack is expected imminently - the day after the attack.

Corbyn said Britain should be "brave enough to admit the war on terror is not working" and said tackling its causes should include prison reform.

Prime Minister Theresa May accused the Labour leader of making excuses for terrorism, while Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "monstrous" to make this argument just days after the Manchester suicide bomb.

Corbyn, as one of the staunchest opponents of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, criticized British involvement in Syria and suggested he would refuse a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation request for more United Kingdom troops overseas if he becomes prime minister after the June 8 election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed to 10 percentage points, according to an Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper on Saturday.

In the Sunday Times, a YouGov poll put Tories seven points ahead on 43% (unchanged since a similar poll on Friday), with Labour down two points on 36%, Lib Dems down a point on 9% and Ukip unchanged on 4%.

YouGov said Mrs May and her party had been hurt by the fallout from the manifesto launch but said it was hard to determine the impact of the bombing on the election campaign.

In footage of the interview - available above - Mr Neil says: "We live in an age of terrorism now and one of the most important responsibilities of being Prime Minister is keeping the British people safe".

Jeremy Corbyn has defended his record of support for Sinn Féin and denied that he supported the IRA or honoured republican violence.

"What I said was we have to be serious about the situation that exists in Libya and other countries and a sensible government would also be looking at the worldwide situation - ungoverned spaces in Libya are a danger to all of us".

"However, when the terror threat is raised then it makes sense to have the Army on the streets - but it's not something we want to see on a regular basis".

Police said a man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Friday and another man held earlier was released without charge.

The explosion targeted a concert event and killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others. The number of reported hate attacks on Wednesday numbered 56.

"Manchester has come together this week. but it is important we continue to stand together, particularly against some of the hate-filled views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here in Greater Manchester", he said.

On his first official trip to Britain as USA secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said "all across America, hearts are broken" by the attack.

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