END OF CORBYN: Frontbenchers could QUIT over leader's Russia response in 'SHAME of Labour'

END OF CORBYN: Frontbenchers could QUIT over leader's Russia response in 'SHAME of Labour'

The embattled Labour leader called the Salisbury attack an “appalling act of violence” but left open the possibility that the nerve agent could have been used by someone else other than the Kremlin in his statement to the House of Commons. 

His reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May’s strongly-worded statement on Moscow prompted cries of “shame” from the Tory benches.

The anger only intensified when Mr Corbyn’s spin chief Seumas Milne said the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq back in 2003 showed Government claims Russia is behind the attack could be wrong.

During an extraordinary briefing at Westminster, he told reporters: “The Government has access to information and intelligence on this matter which others don’t.

“However, also there is a history in relation to weapons of mass destruction and intelligence which is problematic, to put it mildly.”

The backlash has now prompted reports Labour frontbenchers are ready to walk out on the left-winger over he and Mr Milne’s response.

BBC’s political editor Laura Kuennssberg tweeted: “Rumour that some Labour shadow front benchers might resign over the leader's statement today - let's wait and see - certainly a lot of anger around - uneasy truce in Labour party since election has been trashed by different instincts over Skripal case.”

Chuka Umunna MP tweeted: “Have read the comments of the Leader of the Opposition’s spokesperson. Mr Milne’s comments do not represent the views of the majority of our voters, members or MPs. We’ll get abuse for saying so but where British lives have been put at risk it is important to be clear about this.

Anna Turley MP said: “I’m afraid Seumas doesn’t speak for my Labour or British values.”

And Mike Gapes MP added: “I understand that Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman Seumas Milne has claimed there is no proof that Russia is behind the nerve gas attack in Salisbury. Well Seumas has form on these matters.”

Jeremy Corbyn caused uproar in the Commons on Monday when he took a swipe at the Tories over donations to individuals linked to Russia rather than condemning the attack.

He insisted retaliatory action by Britain wold only “increase tensions”.

Tory MP, Anna Soubry tweeted: “With the notable exception of #Labour front bench there is full support for @theresa_may statement & actions following Russia’s use of a chemical weapon in UK. #Corbyns failure to confront the reality of #SalisburyAttack brings shame on a once great party.”

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