United Kingdom election: Labour cut PM May's lead to 5 points

This man, who stands within reach of 10 Downing Street, perhaps at the helm of a coalition (if Theresa May fails to win an overall majority), seems to think that Britain and the IRA were equally at fault in Northern Ireland.

"I want to work within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to achieve stability", Corbyn said.

Moreover, ComRes, which carried out an online poll of 2,024 on May 24-26, said the lead of the ruling Tory party had dropped to 12 percentage points from 18 percentage points in a comparable poll on May 13.

'The only poll that counts when it comes to elections is the poll that takes place on election day. and I will continue to be out campaigning across the country.

But a calm and relaxed Mr Corbyn replied: "I didn't support the IRA".

The prime minister claimed the Labour leader said terror attacks in Britain are "our own fault", in reference to United Kingdom foreign policy.

Asked repeatedly whether he supported keeping the nuclear deterrent, he said: "I voted against the renewal".

But a Labour spokesman said the Prime Minister was "not telling the truth" about Mr Corbyn's speech, in which he said Britain must be "both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism".

Corbyn earlier said there was a "smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism".

Mr Neill also asked "why should the voters trust you when so many even of your own MPs don't trust you" - almost a year after 180 of them passed a vote of no confidence in him - but Mr Corbyn insisted others "would say positive things".

Denied Labour was planning "a massive spending binge", insisting 95 per cent of people would not pay higher taxes.

Opponents criticised his speech, which came days after the Manchester Arena attack that killed 22 people.

The Labour mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, distanced himself from Mr Corbyn's comments.

"I will be a committed member of that alliance in order to promote peace, justice, human rights and democracy".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "absolutely monstrous" that the Labour leader had attempted to "justify" or legitimise the actions of terrorists.

Last week, Mr Corbyn stressed that Labour was "committed" to renewing Trident after a dispute between two of his frontbenchers over whether it would be reviewed if Labour won power.

And on spending, he said: "This has to be the time that we stop making the poorest in our society pay the price of austerity and start investing for the future. We have to make our population secure".

  • Leroy Wright