New poll finds huge public support for Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto promises

Pauline Gross
June 2, 2017

Corbyn fought off a challenge to his leadership past year thanks to overwhelming grassroots support, but his critics, including some senior Labour figures, have remained vocal.

Despite his long record as an anti-war campaigner, the Labour leader says there are circumstances when military intervention is justified as a "genuine last resort".

Taking her campaign into Labour territory in north-east England, Mrs May said the "chaotic" plans would involve "billions of pounds of tax rises".

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of "pandering" to Donald Trump and warned she could embroil the United Kingdom military in Syria's civil war if returned to Downing Street.

Corbyn said that a Labour government would seek greater worldwide cooperation to end the conflict in Syria and "work to halt the drift to confrontation with Russia ... winding down tensions on the Russia-NATO border".

But in a nod to Mr Corbyn's opposition to the weapons it states "any prime minister should be extremely cautious about ordering the use of weapons of mass destruction which would result in the indiscriminate killing of millions of innocent civilians". "I accept that military action, under worldwide law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary", he will say.

"I am not a pacifist".

Sharing the top spot on the right wing-ometer were Donald Trump and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, each with a solid 7.47.

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Delivering a keynote speech on the party's approach to security and foreign affairs, Mr Corbyn sought to silence critics who have accused the Labour leader of being weak on defence.

"It has not increased our security at home".

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". "To persist with it, as the Conservative Government has made clear it is determined to do, is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats and insecurity".

"I am often asked if as prime minister I would order the use of nuclear weapons", Corbyn said.

However, Nia Griffith, the Shadow Defence Secretary, whose support for the Trident nuclear deterrent is at odds with her leader, was notably absent from the event.

In his speech to the Chatham House think tank in London, Mr Corbyn will insist he is not a pacifist, and will do "everything necessary" to protect the country if he is elected.

The Financial Times says the policies show a "misguided bid to turn the clock back" by Mr Corbyn, although it concedes there are elements that "deserve debate".

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