Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to tackle the terror threat facing Britain was called into question today after it emerged that he has boasted about his efforts to block security laws.
Addressing a Stop The War Coalition conference in 2011, he told the crowd: “I’ve been involved in opposing anti-terror legislation ever since I first went into Parliament in 1983”.
The Conservatives also criticised the Labour leader for his record opposing Britain’s involvement in wars overseas, claiming that it showed he was “not serious about defence”.
Sir Gerald Howarth, the former Tory defence minister, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has opposed every British military intervention and represents complete capitulation and weakness.”
Corbyn’s position on terror legislation
– Voted against the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Bill in 1984. It introduced police powers to arrest a person suspected of involvement in acts of terrorism connected to Northern Ireland. Looking back in 2011 he said: “It probably generated more support for those who wish to commit those acts than anything else, because it criminalised large numbers of people who had committed no criminal wrong.”
– Opposed the 1989 Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Bill, which proscribed the IRA and Irish National Liberation Army.
– Voted against the 2000 Terrorism Bill, which introduced police powers to stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion for doing so.
– Opposed the 2006 Terrorism Bill, which outlawed the glorification of terrorism, cracked down on jihadists attending terror training camps and prohibited the circulation of terrorist publications.
– Opposed the introduction of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) in 2011. The measures, which replaced control orders, imposed restrictions on individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism but where there was insufficient evidence to prosecute them.
– Voted against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, which provided authorities with emergency access to phone and internet records and required communications companies to retain data for 12 months.
His position on foreign wars
– As chairman of his constituency Labour Party, described the Falklands War in 1982 as a “Tory plot” in which unemployed men were sent to die.
– Spoke against the Gulf War, triggered following Saddam Hussein’s decision to invade Kuwait in August 1990.
– One of 13 Labour MPs who declined to force a vote on the bombing in Kosovo.
– Voted against the Iraq War 2003 and addressed the thousands of people who protested against the military intervention .
– Chaired the governing committee of the Stop the War Coalition, which was formed to oppose the Afghanistan War in 2001.
-In 2010 voted against the continued deployment of UK armed forces in Afghanistan.