John McDonnell Says Vladimir Putin was Responsible for Salisbury Attack

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has clarified Labour’s position on the Salisbury attack and said that he considers that the Russians were responsible. He also denied that Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, had a different policy and said that the Labour Party was supportive of the Government’s position.

When asked if McDonnell thought that Putin was responsible for the attack he said:

“He is responsible whichever way you look at it, he is responsible and all the evidence points to him”.

When asked if Jeremy Corbyn had a different policy and was critical of the Prime Minister, McDonnell said:

“It was a critique. It was asking questions about investment in diplomacy, it was asking questions about where you go from here in building that international coalition. That is what oppositions do and it was a constructive critique, I think others have misread that”.