Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has risked sparking fresh controversy after blaming the rise of ISIS on Britain and the United States.
The veteran anti-war campaigner said ISIS hadn’t ‘come from nowhere’ and was partly ‘a creation of Western interventions in the region’.
Mr Corbyn, 66, said attacking the fanatical group would only make things worse and instead claimed Britain would be safer it if declared that it supported the ‘diversity of faith and diversity of aspirations around the world’.
The remarks round off a turbulent week for Mr Corbyn after overseeing chaotic cabinet reshuffle culminating in a public u-turn over Labour’s position on the European Union.
Mr Corbyn was roundly condemned on Tuesday for refusing to sing the national anthem at a memorial to Battle of Britain heroes.
The veteran socialist, speaking to the obscure website ‘Middle East Eye’, said Labour needed to stick to its ‘principles’ and vowed to stay on as Labour leader for the next five years.
But he risks a major rebellion over a proposed vote on extending the military action against ISIS into Syria.
The Prime Minister has called for a ‘political consensus’ in favour of authorising military strikes before calling a vote in Parliament.