Jeremy Corbyn 'not given full access to top secret information Salisbury poisoning'

Posted On: 
17th March 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has not been given access to some top secret intelligence over the Salisbury poisoning, it has been reported.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at the Cenotaph last year.
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According to The Times, the Prime Minister did not allow the Labour leader to be briefed on the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the same way David Cameron allowed Ed Miliband to see key information held by the state ahead of the Syria vote in 2013.

Mr Corbyn was extended a briefing on the attack under privy council rules but was not given access to the same detail as Mrs May, the paper says.

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This signalled a move away from predecessor, who invited Mr Miliband and Tim Livesey, his chief of staff, into his office for a full briefing.

It is thought Mr Cameron was far more welcoming to Mr Miliband as he had hoped to persuade him to support military action in Syria after the Assad regime had launched a chemical attack against civilians.

Privy Council briefings on top secret information can be extended to other members of the house on the discretion of the Prime Minister.

However, in this case neither Mr Corbyn nor his chief of staff Karie Murphy were, nor were they invited to a national security council meeting.

Downing Street refused to comment.