'Jeremy Corbyn was wrong to question Theresa May over Sergei Skripal response'

Jeremy Corbyn has been widely criticised for his criticism of May in the Commons yesterday

Jeremy Corbyn has been widely criticised for his criticism of May in the Commons yesterday

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A former British ambassador has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for undermining the Government's tough line on Russia yesterday.

Corbyn questioned the Prime Minister's hawkish line against Vladimir Putin, and suggested that Tony Blair's 'dodgy dossier' on Iraq makes it difficult to trust the evidence of Britain's intelligence agencies in this case.

A number of MPs, including several in Corbyn's own party, criticised the Labour leader for his tactics, and this criticism was echoed by Sir Christopher Meyer, a former ambassador to the US and Germany who spent five years working as a diplomat in Moscow.

Meyer told Julia Hartley-Brewer it was "perfectly legitimate" for the Opposition to scrutinise the evidence, but added that, once the Government had agreed its course of action, Corbyn should have fallen in behind it.

"When the moment comes to take a stand against, I'm afraid to say, a malign power like Russia, you don't want the Leader of the Opposition popping up and questioning the Government's evidence.

"This is a time for the House of Commons on all sides to show solidarity."

Asked by Julia whether the Iraq debacle makes it legitimate for us to question official dossiers, Meyer said "it was a different Government" and there is no comparison between Tony Blair's WMD dossier and today's events.

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