Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

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

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

Elsewhere, Corbyn committed a Labour government to renewing Trident, the UK's submarine-based nuclear deterrent - but said he would adopt a no-first use stance.

Mr Corbyn used the speech to try and bolster his defence credentials but he failed to cleanly deliver pre-briefed comments that he is "not a pacifist".

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is not a pacifist and would do "everything necessary" to protect Britain's security if he becomes prime minister after June 8.

"The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking political solutions to the world's problems", he said in a speech in London.

Speaking during a Conservative Party campaign visit to an indoor market in Newport, south Wales, Mr Johnson said: "I am genuinely anxious about some of the things Jeremy Corbyn stands for and believes in".

"We will work to halt the drift to confrontation with Russian Federation and the escalation of military deployments across the continent", Corbyn said speaking at London-based think tank Chatham House, as quoted by the press service of the Labour Party.

"Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House", he said, adding that while he wanted a strong relationship with the U.S, he would also speak his mind.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he would not "automatically" send United Kingdom troops to support a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member which came under attack.

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Labour is trailing badly in opinion polls, with leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized by some supporters for not opposing Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union exit strategy strongly enough, and by others for not embracing Brexit more enthusiastically.

However, Ian Lavery, Labour's national campaign chairman and most recent MP for Wansbeck, said: "This is nonsense".

With Theresa May's Conservatives painting Labour as soft on defence, party strategists are keen to avoid the perception that Corbyn would refuse to use armed force in any circumstances.

He said that while a Labour government would want a "strong and friendly" relationship with the U.S., it would "not be afraid to speak our mind" to Washington.

"I accept that military action, under global law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary".

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".

Mr Corbyn has previously made clear he would never authorise the use of nuclear weapons and said that if it were to ever emerge as a "real option" it would represent a "cataclysmic failure" by world leaders. "It would mean world leaders had already triggered a spiral of catastrophe for humankind", he said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has dismissed Jeremy Corbyn as "a guy who has campaigned all his life to weaken the UK's defences".

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