Jeremy Corbyn responds to Britain attacking Syria: "Bombs won't bring about peace"

Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner

However, Corbyn today said he wants to see "incontrovertible evidence" the nerve agent was used by Russian Federation before asserting it, in spite of his colleague John McDonnell last month saying all the evidence points to Russian Federation.

"I want to see incontrovertible evidence of it", he said.

Corbyn also called for an independent UN-led inquiry into the devastating air strike in Douma last Saturday that killed a reported 75 civilians and injured 500 more, presumed to have been carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Ministers said it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack.

Labour say that the move to provide free bus travel for every citizen under 25 could benefit up to 13 million young people across the country and help them save up to £1,000 a year on public transport costs.

Corbyn had requested the security briefing on privy council terms, which are normally granted to opposition leaders at the government's discretion on matters of national security.

On Friday, campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition were due to hand in a letter to Downing Street signed by MPs, trade unionists, celebrities and academics urging Mrs May not to take military action in Syria.

The action following an alleged chemical-weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on April 7 was condemned by several British opposition parties, who wanted parliament recalled.

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Asked by CNN on Sunday why parliament wasn't asked for its approval for Syria attacks, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says our main concern was the effectiveness and speed of the operation in Syria. Only Russia, Bolivia and China voted in favor of the resolution.

"Corbyn seems more anxious about upsetting Russian Federation than about preventing use of chemical weapons".

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she added.

Mr Jones said: "I spoke with the PM late last night about the action in Syria".

"I took those decisions with my eyes open and my views because my default position is to save human life", he said.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the legal position as "thin", while BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg noted that the United Kingdom is one of the few countries that tries to use humanitarian arguments to justify military action and most worldwide lawyers don't accept the contention. May will come under increasing pressure from her backbenchers to grant a Commons vote on the matter if there are no further developments before the House of Commons returns from Easter recess on Monday.

Reports from Washington have suggested US President Trump considers himself "locked and loaded" for future military action against the Assad regime but Johnson insisted there was "no proposal on the table" for renewed strikes.

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