Jeremy Corbyn blames Britain’s wars for terroris attack


Jeremy Corbyn will today suggest Britain’s role in the war on terror has helped fuel attacks here at home, The Telegraph reports. The Labour leader will say: “The connections between wars the Government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.”

“Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.”

“That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.”

“But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.”
“We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”

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Today’s polls


Two polls out today see the Tory lead slip to 7 points with TNS and 5 with YouGov. Top line figures here: 

TNS:

Conservatives: 42% 
Labour: 34% 
Liberal Democrats: 9%
Greens: 4%
UKIP: 4% 

YouGov: 

Conservatives: 43% 
Labour: 38% 
Liberal Democrats: 10% 
UKIP: 4%

Labour in plea to activists not to peddle conspiracy theories about Manchester bombing

Senior Labour figures pleaded with party activists not to push conspiracy theories linking Theresa May with the Manchester bombing, The Sun reports. In the hours and days following the tragic events in the Manchester arena Corbyn supporters and Labour councillors took to social media to share the stories. 

A Labour councillor posted this on Facebook: 

Also, Corbyn fan Tina Buckley stood outside Downing Street shouting: “The biggest terrorists occupy this place. Theresa May you’re a terrorist, you’re the biggest terrorist.” Adding: “Get rid of this vile, terrorist Government and vote for the politics of peace, vote for the politics of a future.”

She was escorted away from the area

Comedian Rufus Hound who previously proudly claimed: “I joined the Labour party within 45 minutes of Jeremy Corbyn’s win being announced.” Posted tweets likening  the Prime Minister to Hitler by comparing the terrorist attack with the Reichstag Fire which is widely thought to be deliberately started by the Nazis as an excuse for a dictatorship. 


Shami Chakrabarti urged supporters to rein it in, telling Newsnight: “If anybody is, you know, feeling panicked about the timing of this, I would just urge them to be calm and united.”

Paul Mason also took to Twitter to try calm the wild stories. 


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Net migration drops to a three year low


Net migration fell to 248,000 in 2016, a fall of 84,000 on 2015, The BBC reports. The Office of National Statistics attributed to a rise in people leaving the country, up 40,000 on the previous year. 

Total number of people moving to the UK: 

•264,000 non-EU citizens
•250,000 EU citizens
•74,000 British citizens

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UKIP resume General Election campaign with manifesto launch


UKIP restarted their Election campaign this morning launching their manifesto with a pledge to tackle radical Islam calling it a “cancer that needs to be cut out”. Mr Nuttall said politicians had been too cowardly to address the problems. 

UKIP deputy chair Suzanne Evans went further by suggesting Theresa May had to take “some responsibility” for the Manchester bombing. 
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Local Labour group vice-chair: Attack was “wonderful timing for Thersa May” 


Stroud Labour’s vice-chairperson faced criticism after she said the Manchester terror attack was “wonderful timing” for the Prime Minister. 

In a Facebook post Debbi Hicks, a former council candidate, said: “What has happened in Manchester is awful and my thoughts are with the families. However I cant help thinking this is wonderful timing for Theresa May. It is well known that politicians use events as part of their campaigns or messages.”

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