Jeremy Corbyn finally says 'evidence points towards Russia' after Salisbury attack

Corbyn’s response to the Salisbury attack has sparked a breakaway call

Corbyn’s response to the Salisbury attack has sparked a breakaway call

Just in case you had grown confused, the big global 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. "There can and should be the basis for a common political response to this crime".

"And that is why we are fully supporting the expulsion of 23 diplomats", she told the Daily Mirror.

But on Wednesday in the Commons, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, was among those who differentiated herself from the leader's position.

"This horrific event demands first of all the most thorough and painstaking criminal investigation, conducted by our police and security services", he said.

"In this case, the Russian government has been given every opportunity to provide any credible, alternative explanation as to how its nerve agents came to be used in this attack but they have not even tried to do so, and they must therefore face the consequences". "We are fully supportive of the Government's actions, because clearly we accept that the Prime Minister has said that Russian Federation is responsible", Mrs Griffiths said.

Shouts of "shocking" and murmurs of discontent could be heard at the mention of Mr Corbyn.

Theresa May had been right to identify that Russian Federation had either ordered a state-sponsored attack on the Skripals or had lost control of its nerve agent, he added.

Speaking to lobby hacks in the post-PMQs briefing, Seumas Milne said: "I think obviously the government has access to information and intelligence on this matter which others don't; however, also there's a history in relation to WMD and intelligence which is problematic to put it mildly".

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The Labour leader said that in the Commons he had asked "questions about the identity of the weapon, questions about the reference to the weapons convention and also the support of other allies", adding: "That's what Oppositions are there for".

The motion was swiftly signed by a number of prominent critics of Mr Corbyn, some of whom went public with their criticism of the leader's senior spokesman Mr Milne.

Irate MPs targeted Corbyn spokesman and strategist Seumas Milne after he later doubted the findings of Britain's intelligence services.

The Labour leader once again drew a parallel between the Sergei case and the UK's decision to intervene in Iraq alongside the United States in 2003, which was based on flawed intelligence that Saddam Hussein held weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Nineteen Labour backbenchers have signed an early day motion, putting on the record their full backing for the prime minister and the measures she announced against Russian Federation, after some felt Corbyn's response to her statement on Wednesday was lacklustre.

During the course of the Commons debate, several Labour backbenchers offered the Prime Minister their support and condemned Russian Federation - including Chris Bryant, Hilary Benn, Margaret Hodge, Yvette Cooper, Ben Bradshaw and Pat McFadden during the course of a two-hour debate in the Commons.

"So, I think the right approach is to seek the evidence to follow worldwide treaties, particularly in relation to prohibitive chemical weapons".

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