Poll shows Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as vote approaches

Corbyn is a veteran socialist and anti-war campaigner

The YouGov poll said their first poll since the Manchester terrorist attack show that the Conservatives now lead Labour by 5 points (43 percent to 38 percent).

Corbyn, a longtime critic of the Britain's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also pledged that if he were prime minister, troops would only be deployed overseas if there was a clear need, proper resources and a plan for "lasting peace".

The political betting markets are continuing to lean heavily in the Conservative leader's favour despite polls showing the gap between the Tories and Labour getting narrower the closer we get to voting day.

Following the terrorist attack in Manchester, England that killed 22 people earlier this week, campaigning for the already underway United Kingdom general election was put on hold as a truce was called between the two major parties.

He said: "If we are to have a secure future, we've got to look at ungoverned spaces around the world and the consequences of our wars of intervention".

Mrs May said that, while she was at the summit rallying support for the fight against terrorism, "Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault, and he has said that just a few days after one of the worst terror attacks" in the country's history.

She underlined that voters have a choice "between me working strongly to protect the national interest and Jeremy Corbyn who, frankly, isn't up to the job".

Theresa May is still heavily favoured to remain as prime minister after the June 8 election, despite a clear surge for the Labour Party in recent opinion polls.

JEREMY CORBYN said a Labour government would be clear-eyed that the "war on terror is simply not working" as he set out his vision for a safer Britain under his leadership. The blame is with the terrorists, but if we are to protect our people we must be honest about what threatens our security. Those causes certainly can not be reduced to foreign policy decisions alone.

He added: "Over the past fifteen years or so, a sub-culture of often suicidal violence has developed amongst a tiny minority of, mainly young, men, falsely drawing authority from Islamic beliefs and often nurtured in a prison system in urgent need of resources and reform".

"We must be fearless enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working".

"But we can not carry on as though nothing happened in Manchester this week", he added.

He said: "There can be no love of country if there is neglect or disregard for its people".

Corbyn said it is the responsibility of the government to minimize the chances of attacks and to ensure the police have the resources they need, that Britain's foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to the country.

Mrs May was expected to concentrate on the ongoing investigation into the Manchester bombing, chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is in his Cumbria constituency.

Mr Corbyn replied: "Yes".

"Isn't it possible that things like the Iraq War did not create the problem of murderous Islamic fundamentalists, but the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people in this country and given them a new pretext."

His sister claimed he "wanted revenge" for US-led military strikes in the Middle East.

Mr Corbyn has come under fire over his association with Irish republicans and for failing to single out the IRA for criticism and instead condemning all bombing during Northern Ireland's Troubles. "I don't support the IRA", in reference to the Irish Republican Army, a terrorist group.

Boris Johnson, Britain's foreign secretary, said that Corbyn's position was "absolutely monstrous". "What I want everywhere is a peace process".

Mr Corbyn again threw Labour's policy on nuclear weapons into disarray despite the party's manifesto commitment to renew the UK's submarine-based deterrent.

"I want to work within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to promote a human rights democracy and under a Labour government that's exactly what we'd be doing".

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