UK Labour leader suggests 'mafia-like groups' behind spy attack

Casey Dawson
March 18, 2018

Mr Corbyn received criticism from Conservatives and some of his own MPs after his team raised doubts about who was responsible for the attack that has raised worldwide hostilities between Russian Federation and the west.

Mr Corbyn's latest intervention risks widening a rift with backbenchers in his own party.

The United States and other allies have united behind the U.K. government in blaming Russian Federation for the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

On Thursday, amid calls for him to be firmer in his condemnation of Russia, Mr Corbyn said the "evidence points towards Russia on this".

Just in case you had grown confused, the big worldwide story at the moment is actually about Theresa May's response to Russia's involvement in the Salisbury attack, not the internal war in the Labour Party.

When pressed on the issue and his shadow defence secretary's comments, Corbyn said: "The evidence points towards Russian Federation on this, therefore responsibility must be borne by those that made the weapon, those that brought the weapon into the country and those that used the weapon".

Theresa May said she was "surprised and shocked" by the comments. "That very strongly is our front bench position".

Ms Griffith went on to dismiss claims by Mr Milne that the situation was comparable to the way that intelligence was presented on weapons of mass destruction ahead of the Iraq War. "I made that very clear yesterday". We have two people, the attempted murder of two people, plus a police officer seriously ill and clearly other lives endangers.

Owen Smith, who once challenged MR Corbyn for the leadership but was later taken into the Shadow Cabinet, tweeted his support for an editorial in The Guardian.

The PM criticised the Opposition leader's spokesman from the despatch box.

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The Labour leader believes British intelligence officials could be wrong, according to his spokesperson.

We must not lose sight of the fact that is the first time a nerve agent has been used offensively like this on European soil since the Second World War.

'This has to be a time where we stand together with the Government, shoulder to shoulder, and with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, sending a very clear message to Russia, ' Mr Kinnock told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia was behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to Britain.

Asked if he could rule out the possibility of Russian Federation being framed, the spokesman said the evidence pointed "overwhelmingly" to the two options set out by the PM. "There can and should be the basis for a common political response to this crime".

Though many have defended the Labour leader's position of following worldwide law and maintaining a dialogue with Russian Federation.

The Labour leader chose to direct his ire at May's Conservative Party, who he said accepted more than £800,000 in donations from Russian oligarchs.

But the Labour leader's article made the link explicitly.

After meeting several council members - as well as posing for a few selfies with loyal Labour supporters - Mr Corbyn then moved on to the Durranhill Industrial estate.

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