Monday 26 September 2016

UK Labour leader Corbyn revealed as supporting IRA's 'armed struggle'

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Leader of Britain's Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of Britain's Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn

The extent of the links between the IRA and the leader of Britain's Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, were revealed today.

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For seven years during the IRA's "armed struggle", Mr Corbyn spoke at republican commemorations to honour dead IRA men, "prisoners of war" and active "soldiers".

And the editorial board of a hard-Left magazine of which Mr Corbyn was a member wrote an article praising the 1984 Brighton bombing, which almost wiped out Margaret Thatcher's cabinet.

In 2004 Mr McDonnell was given an award by Sinn Fein and another IRA-supporting body for the "unfailing political and personal support he has given to the republican community".

The award was presented at a Sinn Fein fundraising dinner by Gerry Kelly, the IRA bomber of the Old Bailey in 1973, killing one person and injuring almost 200. Kelly is now Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast.

Sunday Independent

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