Russia: Don't rule out mafia-style hit, urges Corbyn

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"To rush way ahead of the evidence being gathered by the police, in a fevered parliamentary atmosphere, serves neither justice nor our national security", he wrote in an article in the Guardian newspaper.

There are many Labour MPs who oppose Corbyn's left-wing views, but there has been a truce since he led the party to a better than expected result in last year's election.

Jeremy Corbyn has fiercely defied his critics, reiterating the need for evidence in the Sergei Skripal poisoning case.

The poll also finds that a clear majority of the public back the Government's sanctions, which include kicking out 23 Russian diplomats, freezing some assets, suspending high-level contact with Moscow and withholding ministerial and royal representation from the World Cup.

Doubling down on the cautious stance that infuriated some of his backbenchers on Wednesday, Corbyn used an article in the Guardian to urge the government to take a "calm, measured" approach and work through worldwide institutions.

Mr Corbyn sparked uproar in the Commons on Monday when he used his response to Theresa May's statement on the spy poisoning scandal to take a swipe at the Tories over donations from individuals with links to Russian Federation.

"Flawed intelligence and dodgy dossiers led to the calamity of the Iraq invasion". "But let us not manufacture a division over Russian Federation where none exists".

John McDonnell has said "all the evidence" points to Vladimir Putin being behind an attempted "state execution" in Salisbury in a significant shift in the Labour leadership's stance over the attack. I made that very clear yesterday'. The Labour leader warned the lack of British diplomacy could lead to a "McCarthyite intolerance of dissent".

Mrs May has blamed the Russian state for the attack with a Soviet-developed nerve agent that left Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter in a critical state in hospital.

"We agree with the government's action in relation to Russian diplomats, but measures to tackle the oligarchs and their loot would have a far greater impact on Russia's elite than limited tit-for-tat expulsions", he said.

But leading rebel Anna Soubry praised May's announcement on Wednesday in the House of Commons, saying "the length of breadth of this place has completely supported not just the wise words and the leadership of the prime minister but also her firm actions".

"If the latter, a connection to Russian mafia-like groups that have been allowed to gain a toehold in Britain can not be excluded".

"The same outlets now condemning the Labour leader recently tried to label him as a Czech spy". She lamented, that unfortunately, this consensus doesn't extend to Corbyn, "who could have taken the opportunity as the United Kingdom government has done to condemn the culpability of the Russian state".

The Brighton Kemptown MP said the Russian state was "clearly involved" in the incident, but added: "At what level?" "The Russians have a lot of assets in London and some of the Russians with assets are linked to Putin".

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