Jeremy Corbyn is to blame Britain's overseas conflicts for Monday's terror attack in Manchester - a stance which risks sparking public fury.
The Labour leader, a committed pacfist who claims Britain has not fought a just war since 1945, will discuss “the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home," in a speech in central London on Friday, according to the Telegraph.
Coming less than four days after the bombing of Manchester Arena, the speech is likely to bring criticism from those opposed to Corbyn and his hard-left policies - even though he sent a lengthy message of support for the victims' families in the aftermath of Monday's attack.
Corbyn has previously faced widespread condemnation for his views on terrorism, with his suggestion last November that the Islamic State executioner known as 'Jihadi John' should have been held in a citzen's arrest rather than killed sparking particularly fierce criticism.
Election campaigning is set to resume on Friday following a three-day hiatus prompted by Monday's atrocity. Corbyn faces a substantial deficit in the polls but recovered ground in the days leading up to the attack, as Prime Minister Theresa May faced scrutiny over the Conservative manifesto.