Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to blame US president Donald Trump for the London Bridge terror attack.
Just hours before the president was to arrive in London for the Nato summit, Corbyn took to Twitter to say, “It’s time for Britain to stop clinging on to Donald Trump’s coat-tails.” He wrote this along with a video of one of his speeches slamming US foreign policy.
It’s time for Britain to stop clinging on to Donald Trump’s coat-tails. pic.twitter.com/EoeNCZ11vn
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 2, 2019
Corbyn’s comments came the same day one of the London Bridge attack victim’s parents condemned the politicisation of the tragedy.
David Merritt wrote in the Guardian that his son would be “livid” over the politicisation of his death.
He wrote: “He would be seething at his death, and his life, being used to perpetuate an agenda of hate that he gave his everything fighting against.
“We should never forget that. What Jack would want from this is for all of us to walk through the door he has booted down, in his black Doc Martens.”
He also condemned politicians for using his son’s death to “perpetuate an agenda of hate.”
Jack was killed by Usman Khan, who was out on licence when he went on a rampage that killed one other.
Khan was shot dead by armed police on Friday.
Prime minister Boris Johnson has sought to blame Labour for the attack, saying Khan was out on the streets to kill because of laws introduced by a “leftie government.”
In an interview on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Johnson said: “His release was necessary under the law because of the automatic early release scheme under which he was sentenced – that was the reality – and that was brought in by Labour with the support of Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of the Labour party.”