Jeremy Corbyn: UK must stop ‘clinging to Trump’s coat tails’

Trumps touch down: President and First Lady arrive in London for crunch NATO summit – after Jeremy Corbyn blamed US leader for inspiring London Bridge atrocity and accused Boris Johnson of ‘clinging on to Donald Trump’s coat-tails’

  • President Trump arrived in the UK last night for this week’s Nato summit
  • Will attend Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen later today 
  • Comes as row simmers over Jeremy Corbyn accusing him of inspiring terror 
  • Convicted terrorist Usman Khan went on rampage while out of prison on licence 
  • Labour leader posted election video with image of London Bridge memorial

President Donald Trump arrived in the UK last night for a crunch Nato summit, hours after Jeremy Corbyn blamed him for inspiring the deadly terror attack on London Bridge.

Mr Corbyn was accused of using the language of Osama bin Laden after ignoring pleas avoid politicising the atrocity to tear into the US president.

President’s itinerary for three-day UK visit

Last night : Mr Trump is due to land at an airport in London

Today : Mr Trump will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace with the Queen to welcome Nato leaders

Tomorrow : Nato summit takes place at the Grove Hotel, near Watford

A Labour election attack video posted on Twitter used an image of Friday’s bloody carnage, which left two innocent people dead.

It showed flowers beside a road sign in the capital, to a soundtrack of Mr Corbyn condemning Western wars and emotional music.

The tweet has the message: ‘It’s time for Britain to stop clinging on to Donald Trump’s coat-tails.’

Mr Trump and wife Melania arrived at Stansted airport in Essex shortly before 10pm in preparation for the Nato meeting tomorrow.

Today the couple will join other world leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen.

US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania stepped off the plane in London tonight 

President Trump is pictured above after he arrived at Stansted Airport this evening ahead of the Nato summit

President Trump is pictured above after he arrived at Stansted Airport this evening ahead of the Nato summit

He arrived with his wife and First Lady Melania (pictured above together) as Nato marks its 70th birthday

He arrived with his wife and First Lady Melania (pictured above together) as Nato marks its 70th birthday 

Trump arrived in the UK this evening and previously stated he didn't want Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister

Trump arrived in the UK this evening and previously stated he didn’t want Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister 

A video posted on the Labour leader's Twitter feed shows flowers beside the roadsign in the capital, to a soundtrack of Mr Corbyn condemning Western wars and emotional music

A video posted on the Labour leader’s Twitter feed shows flowers beside the roadsign in the capital, to a soundtrack of Mr Corbyn condemning Western wars and emotional music

The President’s arrival came at the end of a day that saw complaints that both main UK political parties have exploited the deadly London Bridge attack.

What is Corbyn demanding from Trump 

In the letter to the President, the Labour leader highlighted he wanted to keep costs down on pharmaceuticals in the UK, his other key points included:

– Accept the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) to set the threshold for the cost-effectiveness of drugs for the NHS

– Explicitly rule out any investor-state dispute settlement mechanism by which the UK Government could be sued for protecting public services

– Ensure NHS patient data is fully exempted from digital trade and data sharing provisions in the agreement

Mr Corbyn also penned a letter to the President asking for reassurances that his administration will not try to include selling higher-priced US drugs to the NHS on its trade wish list.

Mr Corbyn said he wanted ‘assurances’ over the ‘prices paid to US drugs companies as a consequence of any such UK trade deal with the US’.

Labour has warned throughout the election campaign that allowing US medical companies to supply drugs to the NHS would push up the price of medicines.

Mr Corbyn told journalists at a rally in Hastings that a Labour administration would walk away from talks if the US insisted on elements of the NHS being up for grabs.

‘We cannot allow our National Health Service to be put up for sale to American pharmaceutical companies,’ he said.

Writing to Mr Trump, he stated: ‘As you will know, the potential impact of any future UK-US trade agreement on our National Health Service and other vital public services is of profound concern to the British public.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn (pictured centre and right at a vigil in the capital today) have been involved in an extraordinary blame game over the London Bridge attack

‘A critical issue in this context is the cost of drugs to our NHS.

‘The cost of patented drugs in the US is approximately 2.5 times higher than in the UK, and the price of the top 20 medicines is 4.8 times higher than in the UK.

‘Any increase in the NHS drugs bill would be an unacceptable outcome of US-UK trade negotiations.

‘Yet you have given a number of clear and worrying indications that this is exactly what you hope to achieve.’

He told Mr Trump it would ‘go a long way to reassuring the British public’ if he rowed back from the NHS-related negotiation aims seen in the leaked civil service paper on the UK-US talks.

Mr Corbyn wrote: ‘A revision of the US negotiating objectives along these lines would go a long way to reassuring the British public that the US government will not be seeking total market access to the UK public services – that the NHS will not be on the table in US-UK trade negotiations, that a US-UK trade deal will not open up NHS services to irreversible privatisation, and that the US government accepts that our NHS is not for sale in any form.’

Mr Corbyn sent a letter with similar demands to the Prime Minister on Monday, the eve of the Nato summit.

Trump previously said it would be ‘so bad’ for Britain if Mr Corbyn was to become prime minister.

Jack Merritt (pictured centre) was one of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack. His father David (left) has condemned politicisation of the attack

Jack Merritt (pictured centre) was one of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack. His father David (left) has condemned politicisation of the attack 

London Bridge reopened today after police conducted a final search of the area last night

London Bridge reopened today after police conducted a final search of the area last night

Mr Trump told Nigel Farage’s LBC radio programme in October: ‘Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places.’

Corbyn says terrorists should serve ‘significant proportion’ of sentences 

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure over his suggestion that convicted terrorists should ‘not necessarily’ serve their whole prison sentences. 

Pressed during a campaign event at London’s Finsbury Park station over whether released terror convicts should be reassessed and serve their full sentences, the Labour leader said it is ‘quite right to look at every case’.

He said: ‘I think terrorists should be sentenced, as they are, and they should be released as and when they have completed a significant proportion of their sentence and they’ve undergone rehabilitation and they are considered safe to the public as a whole. 

‘I do think that continuing with the process allows people to be released ahead of final complete of their sentence if they’ve been rehabilitated and they have been suitably assessed and they are very strictly monitored when they come out – I think that must be the correct way of doing things. 

‘There are enormous questions to be learned from this terrible event that happened last week and that is, what happened in the prison with this particular individual, what assessment was made of his psychological condition before he was released and also what supervision and monitoring he was under after coming out?’ 

Boris Johnson defended launching a crackdown on the treatment of convicted terrorists after the rampage by 28-year-old Usman Khan, who was out of prison on licence.

Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed during a prisoner rehabilitation event on Friday.

Khan was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the attack, which injured three others, after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.

The event was organised held by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.

Speaking to reporters in Southampton yesterday, the PM rejected the idea that his action was a knee-jerk response.

‘Look at my 2012 manifesto on crime … I’ve campaigned for a long time for longer sentences for serious and violent offenders,’ he said.

Mr Johnson said it was ‘probably clear from the outset’ that Khan was ‘too tough to crack’ when it came to rehabilitation.

‘What I’m saying is our job is to keep the public safe and that’s what we want to do,’ he added.

Meanwhile demonstrations are planned at Buckingham Palace today to coincide with the reception for Mr Trump and other world leaders in the grand State Rooms.

Among the protesters will be NHS nurses, doctors and workers campaigning over potential risks to the NHS from a future US-UK trade deal. 

Mr Trump tweeted a video of take-off and referred to the House impeachment report on him which will be unveiled in the US today behind closed doors for key politicians

Mr Trump tweeted a video of take-off and referred to the House impeachment report on him which will be unveiled in the US today behind closed doors for key politicians

Mrs Trump smiles and waves as she leaves the White House today before boarding Marine One. She is traveling with her husband to London

Mrs Trump smiles and waves as she leaves the White House today before boarding Marine One. She is traveling with her husband to London

Nick Dearden, from Global Justice Now, said: “Tuesday’s demonstration will be led by nurses and doctors – to symbolise the millions of people who will stand up for our health service against a US president who simply represents the biggest, greediest corporate interests in the world.”

Stand Up To Trump, Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) will be among the groups taking part.

Lindsey German, from Stop the War Coalition, said: “We need an alternative to war, militarism and racism – an anti-war government and a mass demonstration against Trump and Nato.”

CND general secretary Kate Hudson described Nato as “a hugely dangerous and destructive nuclear-armed alliance with the capacity to destroy all forms of life many times over”.

Mr Johnson defended launching a crackdown on the treatment of convicted terrorists after 28-year-old Usman Khan went on a rampage while out of prison on licence

Mr Johnson defended launching a crackdown on the treatment of convicted terrorists after 28-year-old Usman Khan went on a rampage while out of prison on licence

Mr Merritt's father David, a schools housing manager from Cottenham, said his son's death should not be used to promote 'propaganda'

Mr Merritt’s father David, a schools housing manager from Cottenham, said his son’s death should not be used to promote ‘propaganda’

Saskia Jones

Jack Merritt

Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, (left) and Mr Merritt, 25, (right) were fatally stabbed during a prisoner rehabilitation event on Friday

The Tories said Jeremy Corbyn - who has boasted of voting against all counter-terror legislation since 1983 - is 'soft on terrorists'

The Tories said Jeremy Corbyn – who has boasted of voting against all counter-terror legislation since 1983 – is ‘soft on terrorists’

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (pictured) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity

Nazam Hussain, 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail

An Islamist jailed alongside London Bridge killer Usman Khan (left) was dramatically held for allegedly plotting a fresh atrocity. Nazam Hussain (right), 34, was detained just hours after Boris Johnson announced a top-level review into the licence conditions of 74 convicted terrorists who are now out of jail

Usman Khan, Nazam Hussain, Abul Bosher Mohammed Shahjahan and Mohibur Rahman at Westminster Magistrates Court in 2010

Usman Khan, Nazam Hussain, Abul Bosher Mohammed Shahjahan and Mohibur Rahman at Westminster Magistrates Court in 2010

Why was Usman Khan freed from jail? How terrorist was released after serving eight years for plotting to blow up the Stock Exchange 

When was Khan jailed and for how long?

Khan was given an open-ended jail term – known as an ‘imprisonment for public protection’, or IPP – in January 2012 at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of ‘engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism’. The sentencing judge Mr Justice Wilkie specified a minimum custodial term of eight years. But to secure his freedom, Khan would have to convince the Parole Board that he no longer posed a risk.

What happened then?

In an appeal in March 2013, Khan’s lawyers won their case – and he was given a term with a definitive end point. The need for Khan’s release to be approved by the Parole Board was also dropped. Appeal judges imposed an extended sentence of 21 years which comprised a custodial element of 16 years and a five-year ‘extension period’. The 16-year custodial element meant he was eligible for release at the halfway point – eight years.

Why is only half of a sentence served?

It has been a convention since the 1960s that half of a term is served in prisons. The rest of a sentence is served ‘on licence’, when an offender can be quickly sent back to jail if they fail to behave.

When was Khan finally freed?

The Parole Board was quick to point out after Friday’s attack that Khan’s release was not referred to them – he was automatically released at the halfway point. He remained on ‘extended licence’ and had to report to police and probation officers, wear a GPS electronic tag and fulfil other requirements.

How did laws passed by a former Labour government affect the Court of Appeal’s options?

PM Boris Johnson has said Khan had to be ‘automatically released half-way through’ because of changes Labour made in 2008 to Extended Sentences for Public Protection or EPPs. This is correct.

Until 2008, anyone on an EPP had to have their release approved by the Parole Board. If they were refused, the board could keep them in jail up to the end of their custodial period, which in Khan’s case was 16 years.

But in mid-2008, Labour made release automatic halfway through.However, the Court of Appeal could potentially have upheld the original IPP sentence.

How can ministers toughen up the sentencing of terrorists?

Khan’s atrocity has reignited debate over whether there is now a case to remove entitlement to early release for convicted terrorists.

PM Boris Johnson has already said they should be made to serve ‘every day’ of their terms. Some important steps have already been taken.

Extended Determinate Sentences (EDS), brought in in 2012, only allow convicted terrorists to apply for parole two-thirds through their sentence, with no automatic entitlement for release.

The Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act, which won Royal Assent in February, toughens jail terms for a range of offences and – crucially –makes it easier to keep terror suspects behind bars beyond the halfway point. It extended two types of sentence – the EDS and Sentences for Offenders of Particular Concern (SOPC) – to a number of middle-ranking terror offences.

A clearer structure could set out underlining principles such as whether early release is allowed, and whether the Parole Board or ministers should approve any release before it takes place rather than it taking place automatically.

A clearer structure would help underline how the justice system should deal with terrorists.

She added: “This is no time to celebrate and welcome it to London.”

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will formally greet the Nato leaders at the reception, which marks 70 years of the alliance.

Charles and the monarch will then join the politicians for a group photograph.

The royals will be out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

The Duke of Cambridge is away in the Middle East and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a six-week break from royal engagements.

The Duke of York, who stepped down from public duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is not attending.  

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