Jeremy Corbyn: PM 'unable to stand up to Trump’ amid Iran tension

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Boris Johnson of being "unable to stand up" to Donald Trump, amid escalating tensions in Iran.

Last night, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two US air bases in Iraq in retaliation to the United States’ assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

The Prime Minister condemned the “reckless and dangerous” action taken by Iran and called for “urgent de-escalation”.

But the leader of the opposition claimed the government’s response to the crisis was “not putting the interests of this country first”.

He said: “Isn’t the truth that this Prime Minister is unable to stand up to President Trump because he’s hitched his wagon to a trade deal with the United States and that prioritises everything else that he should be considering?”

He made the claims across the despatch box in the first Prime Minister's Questions of the new Parliament.

The Prime Minister criticised the accusations as “absolute fiction” as he pledged to “continue to work for de-escalation” in the area.

He said: “It is this government that will continue to stick up for people across the Middle East who have suffered at the hands of Qasem Soleimani.”

The military leader was head of the elite Quds force – a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – and was considered one of Iran’s most powerful figures.

Mr Johnson previously said the UK will “not lament” Soleimani’s death, adding today that the general “had the blood of British troops on his hands”.

He added that he was “very surprised” that by the end of the debate Mr Corbyn was “yet to condemn the activities of Qasem Soleimani or the Revolutionary Guard”.

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