Jeremy Corbyn: Now is time to NEGOTIATE with ISIS in wake of Paris terror attacks
JEREMY CORBYN is calling for Britain to get around the NEGOTIATING table with the depraved Islamic State (ISIS) in the wake of the Paris terror atrocities.
The embattled leader said the nation should not be “drawn into responses that feed a cycle of violence and hate” after a United Nations resolution that countries should “combat by all means this unprecedented threat” from the sick terror group.
The Opposition leader told activists in Bristol: “The dreadful Paris attacks make the case for a far more urgent effort to reach a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and to end the threat rom ISIS.
“It is the conflict in Syria and the consequences of the Iraq war which have created the conditions for ISIS to thrive and spread its murderous role.”
He said Britain's involvement in "a succession of disastrous wars that have brought devastation to large parts of the wider Middle East" had made the UK less secure from attack.
The dreadful Paris attacks make the case for a far more urgent effort to reach a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and to end the threat rom ISIS
Mr Corbyn’s latest far-fetched remarks are likely to cause tensions in an already riled up Labour party who insist time at the negotiating table with the sick terror group, who claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks in the French capital, have long passed due to the huge terror threat facing Britain.
The left-winger sparked fury among his MPs last week when he initially appeared to suggest he did not back 'shoot to kill' policies if Britain's security forces faced a similar jihadist attack in the UK.
He has also been caught up in party rows over the Trident nuclear deterrent, the appointment of his staunch ally Ken Livingstone to a key role and whether Labour MPs should be given a free vote on deciding whether RAF airstrikes against ISIS extremists should be extended from Iraq to Syria.
Labour MP Mike Gapas said it would be “deplorable” if Labour failed to back military action in war-torn Syria in the wake of the UN vote.
In a scathing attack, former party leader candidate Chuka Umunna claimed Mr Corbyn’s views should disqualify him from office in the wake of the Paris atrocities.
He said: "The first duty of any elected representative, not just ministers, is to do all we can to ensure the security of our constituents, particularly in the face of the terrorist threat we are facing.
“This goes above and beyond party politics, and dare I say it internal party politics. Because if you cannot keep the people safe in their eyes, that is a disqualification from office.”
Mr Corbyn has also faced flak from his own MPs after questioning the legality of the killing of British butcher Jihadi John in a US air strike.
A string of senior figures have criticised Mr Corbyn for insisting the party will seek a common position, and close ally John McDonnell said he believed it was generally better for MPs to be allowed to follow their conscience on matters of war.
As backbenchers, both consistently voted against the party line on a range of issues.
Shadow chancellor Mr McDonnell said "people's minds will be made up".
He added: ”We are trying to be thoroughly democratic in all this. There would be a real debate and consultation within the Parliamentary Labour Party and the shadow cabinet.
"A lot of people's minds will be made up on the very detail of what (David) Cameron brings forward and I think that is going to be the same within all the other political parties, both the SNP and the Conservative Party.
"Because if it is a strategy that doesn't stack up and could make matters worse I think people will not want to vote for it.
"If it is a realistic strategy that runs alongside the prospect of a peaceful settlement at the end of the day, some people may.
"My own view on all these matters has been around these issues, is whether you have a whip vote or a free vote; I have always had a bit of a preference for free votes when you go to war and all the rest of it, but that will be a debate within the party, we will arrive at that I think, I am hoping, in a comradely and democratic way."
Left-winger Mr Corbyn has continued association with the Stop the War Coalition, which issued a statement in the wake of the Paris attacks suggesting the city had “reaped the whirlwind” of Western interventions.
He said: ”And it is through political agreement to end the civil war - negotiated with all the external powers, backed by the United Nations and with Syrians in control of their own country - that ISIS will be isolated and defeated.
"It can't be seen as an external intervention, although the international community has a part to play.
"That's why we have called on the Government to work through the UN. And why we should use the UN Security Council resolution passed last night to accelerate moves towards a comprehensive settlement of the conflict."
His remarks was one of Mr Corbyn’s “three pillars” that he set out in his speech.
The hard-left Labour leader called for a new form of politics that gave people a say in decision-making and said he wanted Labour to be an anti-austerity party that provided prosperity for all.