UK Labour Party Leadership Should End 'Infatuation With Venezuela' - Democrats

UK Labour Party Leadership Should End 'Infatuation With Venezuela' - Democrats

Mr. Corbyn was a long-time admirer of Venezuela under its late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, whom he described in 2013 as "an inspiration to all of us fighting back against austerity and neoliberal economics in Europe".

"It is a tragedy that so many people have lost their lives in protests in Venezuela".

This pressure comes after opinion polls in mid-July gave Corbyn approval ratings 11 points higher than the British prime minister, Theresa May, and made him the only leader of a major British party with a positive approval score.

A Labour blogger has said Jeremy Corbyn should have offered more resounding condemnation of the situation in Venezuela - but suggested socialism can't be blamed for the country's problems.

Mr Corbyn said he was "very sad" at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela.

Despite this, Mr. Corbyn said it was important to recognise "effective and serious attempts" to reduce poverty and improve conditions for poor people in the state. When asked if he regretted giving his support to Maduro when he came to power, Corbyn answered, "I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government that was dedicated towards reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people".

The Labour leader had been silent for weeks as President Nicolas Maduro launched a violent crackdown that cost the lives of 100 protesters.

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And former minister John Spellar called for Mr Corbyn to "unequivocally" recognise the failure of Mr Maduro's government.

But no. She was so desperate to wade into the debate and attack the Labour Party left that she fell for a ridiculously obvious bit of Tory concern trolling.

"All of those lives are bad for the loss of them".

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Maduro of behaving like "the dictator of an evil regime".

Yesterday Corbyn - who has returned from holiday in Croatia - used a visit to the marginal seat of Crawley in Sussex to criticise the violence carried out "by all sides" in an interview which some on the centre-left felt did not go far enough. There has to be a dialogue and a process that respects the independence of the judiciary and human rights of all'.

Labour MP Graham Jones, who chairs a new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Venezuela, said the United Socialist Party of Venezuela of Mr Maduro and his predecessor Mr Chavez "have destroyed an economy despite being oil rich, abused human rights and replaced democracy with authoritarianism backed by military might".

Lib Dem boss Sir Vince Cable said: "Labour have again failed to condemn President Maduro as he slides his country closer to dictatorship".

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