Britain’s foreign policy and intervention in wars abroad had fuelled the threat of “terrorism” at home, the leader of the UK’s main opposition party said on Saturday, as a political Truce Manchester after a suicide attack came to an end.
Less than two weeks Before a general election, the Labor leader also vowed to reverse Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister Theresa May’s police cuts and give the security services more resources if they needed them, saying Britain could not “be protected on the cheap”.
Although Corbyn said he did not want “to make a narrow party political point,” The opponent accused him of Exploiting Monday’s Bombing by Salman Abedi, a Briton born to Libyan parents, Who Killed 22 People, Including Children, at the Manchester Arena after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.
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“No Government Can Prevent every terrorist attack. But the responsibility of the government is to Minimize That chance, to have to ensure the police have the resources they are, That our foreign policy Reduces Rather than Increased the threat to this country,” Corbyn said in a speech in the capital, London.
“Many experts, Including professionals in our intelligence and security services Pointed out the Connections Between the wars that we’ve been … Involved in or supported in other Countries, Such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.”
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May’s conservatives are leading in the opinion polls Before the June 8 election and were widely expected to cruise to a landslide win when she Called the vote in April.
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Corbyn, a socialist and veteran anti-war Campaigner, said foreign policy was not solely to blame for “terrorism,” but he would shy away from the interventionist approach That Has seen the UK join the military action in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan in recent years.
“We must be brave enough to Admit the ‘war of terror’ is not working,” he said, vowing only to Deploy Troops When there is such a clear and a plan to secure a lasting peace.
His stance puts him not just at odds with May, who says he would put Britain’s security at risk if he won power, but also many in his own party, Including former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair, who led Britain into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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“I think his timing is incredibly disappointing given Crass and there is a live police operation,” Security Minister Ben Wallace, the told BBC Radio. “I do not think the substance of what he says is correct at all.”
Corbyn, who has already Pledge 10,000 extra officers, police also promised to reverse the cost-saving Measures, many brought` in May by in her former role as interior minister. Britain now has fewer than officers in 2,001th
Amber Rudd, the interior minister, rejected suggestions cuts had hindered the Authorities’ Ability to Prevent Monday’s attack.
“We must not imply that at this terrorist activity would not have Taken place if there had been more Policing,” she said.