Labour MP refuses to endorse Jeremy Corbyn after Theresa May Russia attack

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from his own backbenchers

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to accept the evidence identifying Russia as responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Labour MP has refused to say he would back Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister following the Labour leader's attack on Theresa May yesterday.

Jim Fitzpatrick was one of a number of Labour MPs who siged an early day motion accepting the evidence which finds Russia responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, and supporting the expulsion of Russian diplomats. The motion is a clear repudiation of Corbyn, who has questioned the evidence and declined to say he feels Russia is behind the attack.

Fitzpatrick, a Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "Jeremy, obviously speaking as the Leader of the Opposition, expressed his view, and the view I suspect of his Shadow Cabinet - although there are some suggestions this morning that that wasn't a unanimous view - and many of us on the backbenches took an entirely different view.

"It was felt by some of us appropriate to sign the Early Day Motion drafted by our colleague John Woodcock.

"Many of us wanted to say that we think they're still at it, they should stop doing it, and they should stop endangering British citizens in British towns on British soil."

Fitzpatrick went on to say he doesn't think "Jeremy is a threat to the British state", but stopped well short of saying he thinks a Corbyn premiership is in the best interests of the country.

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