Jeremy Corbyn’s Russia hypocrisy

Jeremy Corbyn's Russia hypocrisy
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It's safe to say that Jeremy Corbyn's response to Theresa May's statement on Russia has divided opinion this afternoon. The Prime Minister confirmed to the House that a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used to poison Sergei Skirpal, the former Russian double agent. She concluded that this meant it was either a direct act by the Russian State or the Russian government had lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent.

So, what did Corbyn have to say on the matter? Well, the Labour leader was keen to use the opportunity to criticise the Tories for being too close to Russia. Corbyn complained that there had been over £800,000 of donations from Russians to the Conservative – suggesting the government's ties were too close.

Only Mr S suspects Corbyn is on shaky ground when it comes to accusations of close ties to Russia. After all, prior to his appointment of Labour leader, he made numerous appearance on Russia Today:

Mr S hopes Corbyn will take a valiant stand and return any money he may have received from the Russian state backed TV channel over the years.

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