Labour MPs back PM´s response on Salisbury attack

Labour MPs back PM´s response on Salisbury attack

May's decision to expel 23 diplomats and suspend high-level contacts with Russian Federation over the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal received cross-party and media support, heralding a ceasefire in the bitter row over Brexit. "That very strongly is our front bench position".

The Labour leader has been given security briefings on the poisoning, but Mr Milne said yesterday that the Government may have more information.

"What he needs to be more focused on is the fact that Russian Federation have a significant case to answer and our security services' advice to ministers and to the National Security Council can not be ignored or equated with weapons of mass destruction advice in a previous era". We have two people, the attempted murder of two people, plus a police officer seriously ill and clearly other lives endangers.

"I think the situation is very different".

Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh pressure over his stance on the Salisbury poisoning after another shadow Cabinet minister warned there can be "no ifs no buts" about holding Russian Federation to account. And Owen Smith has endorsed an editorial in The Guardian which describes Corbyn's response to the prime minister yesterday as "dispiriting".

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On Question Time, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "I'd be deeply uncomfortable about the security of the United Kingdom if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister".

He also suggested that the nerve agent attack could have been carried out by Russian-linked gangsters rather than ordered by Moscow.

It added: "Mr Corbyn's reluctance to share Mrs May's basic analysis of the Salisbury incident made him look eager to exonerate a hostile power".

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.

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Yvette Cooper was among Labour MPs who clearly stated their support for May's sanctions against Russian Federation, saying that Moscow's actions must be met with "unequivocal condemnation".

Corbyn's stance has reopened a rift between the veteran left-winger - who has spent his career criticizing Western foreign policy - and Labour lawmakers on the center and right of the social democratic party.

"There is a Labour tradition that understands that and it has been understood by prime ministers of all parties who have stood at that despatch box".

Labour lawmaker and Corbyn critic John Woodcock tabled a motion in Parliament stating that the House of Commons "unequivocally accepts the Russian state's culpability" in the attack and "fully supports" the government's approach: so far another 21 Labour lawmakers have backed it.

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

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Labour MP Anna Turley tweeted: "I'm afraid Seumas doesn't speak for my Labour or British values", while Chuka Umunna said: "Mr Milne's comments do not represent the views of the majority of our voters, members or MPs". "Is the Prime Minister really saying that A&E doctors are wrong, NHS managers are wrong, royal colleges are wrong, health unions are wrong, and actually it's only she who knows best about the NHS?"

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