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:
@andrewsberry68 Try Russia Today. Free of Royal Wedding and more objective on Libya than most
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 26, 2011
I was interviewed on Russia Today on UK/US & Obama. Problem, he wants free markets & interventions & war in Afghanistan. So does Cameron
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 25, 2011
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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