Jeremy Corbyn WON'T give his personal backing to Nato

Mail Online | 12/3/2019 | Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Jeremy Corbyn today refused to give his personal backing to Nato as he insisted a Labour government would maintain the UK's membership of the alliance despite him previously calling for the organisation to be scrapped.

The Labour leader has been a vocal critic of Nato during his political career and in 2014 he claimed it was set up to 'promote' the Cold War with Russia as he demanded it 'close down'.

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The general election and the fact that Nato leaders are in London this week for a summit to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary have prompted renewed scrutiny of Mr Corbyn's comments.

He was grilled on whether he personally supports Nato during an interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon.

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He repeatedly set out the Labour Party's position but refused to be drawn on his own views.

He said: 'Our party recognises that we are members of Nato and that is clearly in our manifesto.'

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Mr Corbyn said supporting continued Nato membership had been 'accepted by the party'.

He continued: 'What I want to do is make sure we use our membership of Nato to reduce tensions and to increase dialogue but also at the same time be very strong on issues of human rights, be they in Russia or Turkey or anywhere else around the world.

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'I do think Nato has issues to face over the relationship between Turkey and other Nato states but also its relations with Russia and [Nato secretary general] Stoltenberg has always maintained, as I understand it, the position there has to be a dialogue, albeit a very robust dialogue, with Russia which includes human rights as well as their other behaviour.'

Mr Corbyn was then asked if he stood by the comments he made just five years ago when he said...
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