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UK News Jeremy Corbyn claims UK foreign policy has 'fuelled' threat of terrorism

01:15  01 december  2019
01:15  01 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will claim on Sunday that the threat of terrorism has been “ fuelled ” by UK foreign policy . But too often the actions of successive governments have fuelled , not reduced that threat . “16 years ago, I warned against the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address supporters later today. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters. He will add: “The threat of terrorism cannot and should not be reduced to questions of foreign policy alone. But too often the actions of successive governments have fuelled

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will claim on Sunday that the threat of terrorism has been "fuelled" by UK foreign policy.

In a speech in York on Sunday, Mr Corbyn will turn fire on the Conservatives following the London Bridge attack, after Home Secretary Priti Patel went on the offensive against Labour.

He is expected to say: "For far too long, our country’s leaders have made the wrong calls on our security. Their mistakes in no way absolve terrorists of blame for their murderous actions.

"The blame lies with the terrorists, their funders and recruiters. But if we are to protect people we must be honest about what threatens our security.

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"The threat of terrorism cannot and should not be reduced to questions of foreign policy alone. But too often the actions of successive governments have fuelled, not reduced that threat.

"16 years ago, I warned against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. I said it would set off a spiral of conflict, hate, misery, desperation that will fuel the wars, the conflict, the terrorism, and the misery of future generations. It did, and we are still living with the consequences today."

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War on terror 'has failed'

He will add: "The war on terror has manifestly failed. Britain’s repeated military interventions in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have exacerbated, rather than resolved the problems.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

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Jeremy Corbyn has said people convicted of terrorism offences should “not necessarily” serve their full sentence, calling for an Corbyn said that government mistakes “in no way absolve terrorists of blame for their murderous actions”, but that foreign policy had also “ fuelled , not reduced that threat ”.

"Now we risk being dragged into a further conflict with Iran on the side of a Saudi regime which is an enemy of human rights everywhere, prolonging a desperate humanitarian crisis in Yemen, interfering in its neighbours’ affairs and murdering journalists.

"This policy has not made us one bit safer."

Shoot-to-kill

Mr Corbyn will also use the speech to make clear he believes it was "right" to use lethal force force against the London Bridge terrorist, despite previously appearing to question the deployment of lethal force by security forces.

He is expected to say: "I will always do whatever is necessary and effective to keep our people safe.

"First of all, the police who put themselves on the line to protect us will have the authority to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life. If police believe an attacker is wearing a suicide vest and innocent lives are at risk, then it is right they are able to use lethal force."

The comments mark an apparent change in tone from 2015, when Mr Corbyn had said: "I am not happy with the shoot to kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think it can often be counterproductive."

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