UK Labour leader accuses Theresa May of 'pandering' to Trump

Giles Wooltorton

He put £6,000 on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next prime minister at odds of 12/1 and £3,000 at 20/1 on Labour winning the most seats.

Labour officials said the leaked document had since been amended but it was not clear whether any of the changes related to the Brexit section or the reference to Gibraltar.

The Opposition leader said he had spoken to Mr Watson on Saturday morning to coordinate the party's response to the NHS cyber attack and insisted the pair are working "flat out to get Labour MPs elected".

And he admitted Labour had a "mountain to climb" before voting day, although the party is determined and the final manifesto, a draft of which was leaked on Wednesday, contains "terrifically exciting" ideas.

Notably, Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith, a supporter of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the UK's annual 2% of GDP military spending commitment, was absent from the event.

"But we will not be afraid to speak our mind".

Jeremy Corbyn will create a Minister for Peace if he comes to power, as he warned that the country's defence policy required "fresh thinking".

Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "But I am not a pacifist", he said.




Mr Corbyn began by criticising Western interference in countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, describing "regime change wars" in Iraq, Libya, and Syria as a failure that have "made the world a more unsafe place".

"The fact is that the "war on terror" which has driven these interventions has failed", he said. They have not increased our security at home - rather the opposite - and they have caused destabilisation and devastation overseas.

Earlier this week, the Tories accused Mr Corbyn of being a pacifist, adding that he would be a danger to the country's security, particularly given his reluctance to state whether he would sanction the use of nuclear arms.

Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry pledged Labour would enact the "ethical" foreign policy once touted by New Labour's Robin Cook.

Despite Labour's Alan Campbell holding the Tynemouth seat since 1997, and seeing his majority increase, reports suggest the Conservatives have the seat on their top 150 targets, which officials denied.

He was later asked whether, as Prime Minister, he would back the like-for-like replacement of the weapon system.

And in the key part of his speech Mr Corbyn sought to shut down the Tories' line of attack, saying: "The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking peaceful solutions to the world's problems".

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".

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