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Angela Rayner adamant Jeremy Corbyn would have sent missiles to Ukraine if Prime Minister

Angela Rayner dismissed suggestions Jeremy Corbyn would not have been an effective wartime leader if he had been in power during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. LBC presenter Andrew Marr challenged the deputy Labour leader, pointing out Mr Corbyn was well-known for his anti-war views. The debate arose after Ms Rayner rejected claims from Boris Johnson that Labour would “run up the white flag” with Russia.

Mr Marr said: “If it’s true – and it may well be true – that the Russians are in effect losing in this war, in this invasion, it is in part because of those anti-tank missiles that Boris Johnson and Ben Wallace had sent to Ukraine before the war even started.

“Are you really suggesting that a Corbyn government would have done that?”

Ms Rayner said: “We’re very clear that we would support and we would have given that.

“We’ve seen actually the government have not been doing anywhere near enough to ensure that refugees can come to the country.”

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She continued: “Jeremy Corbyn was very clear on his condemnation of Putin, long before it was popular to do that.

“We’ve seen pictures of the prime minister with Russian oligarchs, shaking the hands of President Putin, so I’d be very careful about that language.”

Labour’s deputy leader added: “Keir Starmer has made it very clear our commitment to NATO.

“I think [Boris Johnson] is just playing fast and loose with his comments as he often does.”

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Labour has been trying to distance itself from Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on NATO and military intervention since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The former Labour leader is a longtime critic of the North Atlantic alliance, branding it a “major problem” for the party.

In a speech in 2011, Mr Corbyn said: “We in the radical end, the left, of the unions and the Labour Party, have got to be realistic that NATO is a major problem and a major difficulty, and we have to campaign against NATO’s power, its influence and its global reach, because it is a danger to world peace and a danger to world security.”

He doubled down in his criticism whilst attending an “anti-NATO” summit in 2014, saying the alliance was founded “in order to promote a Cold War with the Soviet Union.”

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And shortly before the invasion, the former Labour chief told a Stop the War Coalition forum that Britain and the US shipping troops and weapons to help Ukraine was “incredibly dangerous.”

Sir Keir Stamer dismissed the Stop the War Coalition, branding members and contributors as “naive.”

Sir Keir said: “The likes of the Stop the War coalition are not benign voices for peace.

“At best they are naive; at worst they actively give succour to authoritarian leaders who directly threaten democracies.”



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