25/05/2018

DUP Accuses Jeremy Corbyn Of 'Snubbing' Victims Of Terrorism

The DUP has claimed that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn "snubbed" an invitation to meet victims of terrorism during his two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said that he had extended an invite to Mr Corbyn on behalf of victims almost two weeks ago.

Mr Campbell said: "Jeremy Corbyn is well known for having avoided specific issues relating to terrorism in Northern Ireland. His answer that he "condemns all bombing" when asked about IRA terrorism is somewhat reminiscent (if different in scale) to his comments that he "condemns all racism" when asked about anti-Semitism.
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"This would have been a very useful opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to demonstrate just how willing he is to meet people who live and work in border areas, but whose views he may not have heard face to face before.

"Unfortunately having emailed the invitation on the morning of 14 May, hand delivered that invitation and personally invited him in a face to face interaction yesterday, I am still without any substantive reply. Yesterday afternoon Mr Corbyn's office emailed me asking for my direct number. I supplied it but I have never received a call. This appears to be a blatant and deliberate snub to innocent victims."

(MH/LM)

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