Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Corbyn to lay out defence and foreign policy priorities

Corbyn to lay out defence and foreign policy priorities

"Corbyn has shown beyond all doubt that he would put Britain's security at risk", said Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

After a torrid day for the Labour campaign on Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn will hope to move on with a speech on national security and foreign policy.

"Labour voters are appalled because they see a leader who can't lead, a shadow chancellor who can't be trusted and people like Diane Abbott who can't add up".

The Conservative Party's messaging on social media is pitching the election as a battle between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, while Labour has instead focused on issues, an election analysis by Press Association has found.

Ms May's decision to call an early election for next month caught not only most of her own party by surprise, but has forced Labour and other parties to scramble to devise policies and campaigns nearly overnight.

After learning that a Norwich man had placed £10,000 worth of bets on him to win the general election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he wished the man well with his winnings. "And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability", he continued.

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He added that the nuclear weapons issue still needed rethinking by Mr Corbyn in whether the party would remain pro-Trident and how his insistence of "no-first use" of nukes would work within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules, which now impose a first-use policy.

He sought to ease concerns he was soft on defence by adding: "I am not a pacifist".

"The fact is that the "war on terror" which has driven these interventions has failed", he noted. "I accept that military action, under global law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary", he will say. "But that is very far from the kind of unilateral wars and interventions that have nearly become routine in recent times". In other policy announcements, Labour committed to keeping the triple lock on pensions and the Liberal Democrats said they would build 300,000 new homes every year.

Using the Prime Minister's own campaign slogan against her, he warned that re-electing the Conservative into government would result in a "coalition of risk and insecurity" with Donald Trump. Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg told a Brexit conference in London: "It is a delight to be here on a Saturday morning in the middle of possibly one of the most listless, soulless and dreary general election campaigns I can ever remember".

"Jeremy Corbyn is simply too weak and shambolic to stand up to terrorists and tyrants who want to do us harm".

"In short, as Cook put it, the chance 'to make Britain once again a force for good in the world.' That was his mission 20 years ago for Labour and for Britain".

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