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Mr Corbyn is right to cancel his speech at a time when attention is rightly fixed on Paris. These words can wait.

It was more appropriate for the Labour leader to offer sympathy and support for the people of France at this time.

He tweeted on November 13: “My thoughts are with the people of Paris tonight. We stand in solidarity with the French. Such acts are heinous and immoral.”

Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a speech in which he was set to defend his leadership of Labour, in light of the Paris attacks.

The regional party conference in Hertfordshire, at which Mr Corbyn had been scheduled to talk, will still go ahead.

He had planned to talk about foreign policy, the economy and politics.

Mr Corbyn had been due to say that he would take no lectures in patriotism from the Conservatives.

Prime Minister David Cameron [had] said Mr Corbyn’s anti-nuclear comments showed that Labour could not be trusted with Britain’s national security.

The Labour leader was set to say: “For the past 14 years, Britain has been at the centre of a succession of disastrous wars that have brought devastation to large parts of the wider Middle East.

“They have increased, not diminished, the threats to our own national security in the process”.

He would have added: “What’s pro-British about a government that slashes support for serving soldiers and military veterans?

“How is it patriotic to take money from the poorest, from working families, and hand control of your country to a super-rich elite?”

Source: Corbyn cancels leadership speech in light of Paris attacks – BBC News

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