Corbyn once defended the right of jihadis fighters to return to UK 

Jeremy Corbyn criticised the Government blocking jihadis fighters from returning to the UK, The Sun reports. Appearing on Arab TV station LuaLua TV, the Labour leader said: “I do think that the way to deal with this issue isn’t by a legal process which seeks to ban people from travelling.”

“The important thing is to deal with issue politically and challenge Islamophobia and racism.”

Mr Corbyn conceded there was a problem with people travelling to Syria to allegedly to fight alongside ISIS. However, he slammed Ministers for wanting to block their return, saying: “The British government’s response has been to try to make it impossible for them to travel, to restrict their ability to travel, to take upon themselves the ability to remove passports and, strangely, to deny people the right of return – which is legally a very questionable decision.”

“I suspect will be fought out in the courts in Britain.”

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Red Len funds Corbyn’s campaign 

Labour has received £5.36 million from unions two thirds of which has come from Len McCluskey’s Unite, The Sun reports. Although this is considerably less than the £10,7 million Ed Miliband recieved in 2015. 

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Labour accused of scaremongering over Winter Fuel Allowance

Conservative Minister Damien Green acussed John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn of “scaremongering” over the Winter Fuel Allowance, The Sun. The Shadow Chancellor claimed scrapping the allowance “could lead to 3,850 more deaths this coming winter”. 

However, the Work and Pensions Secretary hit back, saying: “This is irresponsible scaremongering by Jeremy Corbyn – who can’t be honest about the fact he is relying on his magic money tree to pay for all his un-costed promises.”

Adding: “We have always been very clear that we will always look after the most vulnerable.”
The Tories have pledged to remove the benefit from wealthy pensioners but keep it in place for those who need it. 

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Labour supporting union backs fracking despite Corbyn opposition 

The GMB union has defied Jeremy Corbyn by backing fracking despite his opposition, The Sun reports. They said it was time to live in the “real world” adding shale gas extraction would reduce bills and emissions. 

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary, said: “Shale will make it easier for us to fight the scourge of rising fuel poverty, and far easier for us not to have to go cap in hand to dictators around the world.”

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to ban fracking should Labour win the election. 

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Tories slam Corbyn’s anti-terror record 

Security Minister Ben Wallace accused Jeremy Corbyn of a “desperate promise and evasive soundbites”, Politics Home reports. In a speech, the Labour leader condemned police cuts. 

Mr Wallace responded by saying: “This was a hastily-arranged speech designed to help Jeremy Corbyn run from his record on counter-terrorism policy, but it failed.”

Adding: “He has boasted about opposing every single counter-terrorism law, opposed the use of shoot to kill, and gave cover to the IRA when they bombed and shot our citizens.”

“Voters will judge him on his views and actions in the last 30 years, not his desperate promises and evasive soundbites three days out from polling day.”

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Today’s poll

Today’s poll from ICM gives the Tories a 11 point lead over Labour. Top line figures:

Conservatives: 45% 
Labour: 34% 
Liberal Democrats: 8% 
UKIP: 5% 
Green: 3% 

Corbyn: Don’t prosecute ISIL supporters 

The Labour leader once argued that Islamic State supporters shouldn’t face prosecution for expressing a “political view”, The Telegraph reports. Mr Corbyn made the remarks during a 2014 parliamentary debate. He was asked if he supported IS fighters being placed on special measures if they return to Britain, he replied: “I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence.”

Adding: “The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.”

“We should be slightly cautious about announcing that we will start to deal with people on the basis of a general view that they have expressed.”

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Labour supported police cuts

Labour would have supported a 10 per cent cut to police budgets, according to a BBCNews report. In the 2015 Autum Statement it was rumoured the Government would seek to cut police budgets by 20 per cent. Labour opposed this. However, the then Chancellor George Osborne revealed Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary at the time, had made it known he would have supported a cut of 10 per cent.

But Mr Osborne decided not to cut police budgets at all, saying: “I am today announcing that there will be no cuts in the police budget at all, there will be real terms protection for police funding.”

Adding: Mr Speaker, the police protect us and we are going to protect the police.”

Police spending was protected in line with inflation which would see a real terms increase of £900 million by 2019/20. 

There was also an additional 30 per cent increase to the Counter Terrorism budget. 

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Today’s polls 

Today’s polls see the Tory lead over Labour at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 12 points. Top line figures: 


Conservatives: 43%
Labour: 37%
Liberal Democrats: 6%
UKIP: 4%
Greens: 2%


Conservatives: 47% 
Labour: 35% 
Liberal Democrats: 8% 
UKIP: 4% 
Greens: 1% 


Conservatives: 40%
Labour: 39%
Liberal Democrats: 8%
UKIP: 5%
Others: 9%


Conservatives: 45% 
Labour: 36%
Liberal Democrats: 8%
UKIP: 4%
Others: 7%


Conservatives: 45%
Labour: 34%
Liberal Democrats: 9%
UKIP: 5%
SNP: 4%
Greens: 3%


Conservatives: 42%
Labour: 38%
Liberal Democrats: 9%
UKIP: 4%