Theresa May steps up campaigning as she boards Tory battle bus

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 17, 2017

Labour is trailing badly in opinion polls, with leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized by some supporters for not opposing Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union exit strategy strongly enough, and by others for not embracing Brexit more enthusiastically.

A group of 16 opposition Labour Party lawmakers seeking re-election in London said on Friday Britain needed to remain a member of the European single market after Brexit, contradicting the party's official position ahead of a June 8 election.

A senior party source was forced to clarify Mr Corbyn's remarks and reiterate that Labour policy was to renew the four missile submarines that carry Trident nuclear weapons, as voted by MPs past year.

Corbyn this week said the issue was "settled", and it was now a question of getting the best deal for Britain.

"I am not a pacifist", Corbyn said.

He will say a "bomb first, talk later" approach to security "has failed" and is a "recipe for increasing, not reducing threats and insecurity".

His shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith, who has clashed with him over the policy on the Trident nuclear deterrent, was notably absent from his speech at the Chatham House think tank.

Corbyn said the Labour government would want a friendly relationship with Washington, but warned against "pandering to an erratic Trump administration".

The signatories of the statement appealed to Poles living in Britain to vote Labour "if they are able to vote and to support and help in the Labour Party's election campaign".

The Tories have said they will not only retain the commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending 2% of GDP on defence - which Labour also supports - but also ensure there is an annual real-terms increase in the armed forces' budget throughout the next parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn is "simply not up to the job" of being prime minister and a Labour government would result in economic chaos, Theresa May has said.

"I will do everything to protect the security and safety of our people and our country". Would you risk such extensive contamination of the planet that no life could exist across large parts of the world?

Under Mr Corbyn, Labour will return to the "ethical" foreign policy championed by Robin Cook.

" If circumstances arose where that was a real option, it would represent complete and cataclysmic failure.

I will be reaching out to those who have been abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn and let down by government for too long". I accept that military action, under global law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary.

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