Corbyn BACKLASH as he calls for 'Russia dialogue': 'Thank God we didn't have him in 1939!'

The backlash at the Labour leader came just a day after he was told to put the “country first” by one of his own irate MPs who urged him to support the punishment doled out by Theresa May over the Russia spy poison case.

But today in the Commons, Mr Corbyn asked the Prime Minister how she had responded to requests from the Russian government for a sample of the nerve agent used in the attack so it could run its own tests – to much anger from the opposite side of the house.

The Labour leader also pressed the PM on what conversations she had had with Moscow about the incident.

He added: “While suspending planned high-level contact, does the Prime Minister agree that it is essential to maintain a robust dialogue with Russia?”

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Jeremy Corbyn has faced a furious backlash over his response to the Russia spy poison case

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg wrote of Mr Corbyn’s performance in the Commons today: “Very uncomfortable statement from Corbyn – repeats his call for robust dialogue with Russia – lots of barracking.”

And angry members of the public blasted the Labour leader.

Ian Elstub wrote on Twitter: “Corbyn just tried scoring political points re the Russia nerve gas attack on UK soil. Unbelievable, despicable man. Thank God we didn’t have him in politics in 1939.”

Libertarian Rebel added: “Corbyn gets it wrong again. Describes Salisbury poisoning as no more than an “act of violence”, & wants to use it as excuse/vehicle to degrade the West’s own defence capability.”

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Theresa May outlined retaliatory measures against Russia over the spy poison case

Mark Casci added: “Days like this are when leadership really shows and Corbyn is once again demonstrating how little of it he lacks on the big issues. Today is not the day for political point-scoring.”

A number of Conservative MPs also criticised Jeremy Corbyn for his response to the Prime Minister’s Commons address.

After former Labour minister Tony McNulty tweeted that the party leader’s statement was “utter waffle” and a “sixth-form rant”, Damian Green responded saying “correct analysis”.

Nick Boles said: “Today @jeremycorbyn faced a simple test: would he condemn the Russian government for launching a chemical weapons attack on the UK, and back the actions of the British government? His failure to do so reveals where his loyalties lie.”

And Peter Heaton-Jones tweeted: “For the second time this week I’ve sat in the House of Commons and watched with dismay as the Leader of HM Opposition demonstrates, through his complete lack of judgement, that he is utterly unsuited ever to govern our country.”

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Mrs May said that it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for poisoning Sergei Skripal

Yesterday, John Woodcock, a Labour MP, blasted the leader of the opposition for his “shameless” attacks on the Tory party over donations that they had received from Russia, in the House of Commons.

Mr Woodcock turned on the party leader in an extraordinary outburst, warning him the British public would be angered if he didn’t stand up to Vladimir Putin.

He urged Mr Corbyn to throw his support behind Mrs May in the House of Commons, as she announced the explosion of Russian diplomats after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Mrs May said on Monday the Government had concluded it is “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the attack which left the Skripals in a critical condition in hospital.

Mr Woodcock wrote in The Telegraph: “If the Government’s response is sufficiently strong in these areas, Labour should stand behind it.

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MP Mark Francois branded Jeremy Corbyn a ‘CND badge wearing apologist’

“The public will forgive people having an occasional off day and striking the wrong tone in parliament.

“They will be less forgiving of a party that seeks to govern if it refuses to acknowledge the severity of the situation.

“We hope everyone in Labour will put the country first today and support necessary action to protect its citizens.”

He wrote: “In times of threat, Britain is strongest when its people stand shoulder to shoulder against adversity.”

Mark Francois, a Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford Said: “Can I commend the Prime Minister on her decisive and vigorous actions, in response, to what was, after all an attack on the United Kingdom.

“In some ways it had flashes of the Iron Lady about it, but it was also in stark contrast to the attitude of the leader of the opposition who simply could not bring himself to condemn Russia for this outrageous act!

“He simply couldn’t do it! And is that not because he remains at heart what he has always been a CND badge wearing apologist for the Russian state!.”

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Seumus Milne is a former Communist sympathiser who now works for Mr Corbyn

Mrs May outlined retaliatory measures against Russia, after Moscow missed her midnight deadline to provide a “credible” response to allegations of its involvement in the Salisbury spy poisoning.

Following Prime Minister’s Questions, she told MPs that the UK is to expel 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the nerve gas attack in Salisbury.

Mrs May told MPs that Russia had responded to her demand for an explanation of events in Salisbury with “sarcasm, contempt and defiance”.

Mrs May said: “Their response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events.”

She said the diplomats being expelled had been identified as “undeclared intelligence officers” and had been given a week to leave.

And, dignitaries, including members of the royal family, will not attend this summer’s World Cup.

The Prime Minister met intelligence chiefs and senior ministers at the National Security Council in Downing Street on Wednesday morning.

She told MPs the National Security Council had agreed “immediate actions to dismantle the Russian espionage network in the UK”.

But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Moscow had “no connection” with the attack on Mr Skripal.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Russia “won’t accept absolutely unfounded accusations against it, which are not substantiated by any evidence, and won’t accept the language of ultimatum”.

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