Prime Minister Theresa May is on the way back, buoyed by international support for her stand against Russia, just as opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is struggling with accusations of anti-Semitism
May's patient and sometimes painful strategy of staying close to Donald Trump's administration have paid dividend Monday 60 he diplomats issued from the US over the nerve agent attack on ex-spy on British soil.
Meanwhile Corbyn, whose internal critics have largely begged her tongues since his unexpectedly good election performance in 2017, was the target of a demonstration outside Parliament led
"He's got to take on responsibility for human resources," said Labor lawman Ian Austin, who joined several of his colleagues, including one-time leadership contenders Chuka Umunna and Liz Kendall at the protest, which filled Parliament Square.
The protest was called by Jewish community groups who ran out of patience with Corbyn after the anti-Semitic protest broke out mural in east london in 201
His defense of the painting, in a Facebook posting, suggesting an example of "repeated institutional failure to properly address Jewish concerns and to tackle anti-Semitism," the leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council said in an open letter. "Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has sided with anti-Semites rather than Jews."
Julie Pelta, 41, a heathcare worker who joined the protest, said she might have come to a vote for the party in the past, but Corbyn has made her "more vehemently against Labor than I've ever been."
Corbyn on Monday afternoon issued the latest of a series of statements to close down the dispute. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are "the socialism of fools," he wrote, committing himself to being "a militant opponent of antisemitism."
As protesters chanted "Oh, Jeremy's a racist," to a tune more often used by his supporters when chanting his name, Corbyn's reception inside the House of Commons. Sergey Skripal and His Daughter in Salisbury, Western England.
Lawmakers – Some of His Own Do not Join the Protest – made clear displeasure at the Labor leader's stance on the attempted murder of former Russian spy. 'Just Not True'
He looked uncomfortable and was reluctant to take interventions as he faced open ridicule, barring and even a whistle as he spoke at the start of a debate on relations with Russia. Labor lawmaker John Woodcock, a long-time opponent, said he was "just not true."
Corbyn refused to join May's government in blaming Putin for the Salisbury attack, saying only that Russia had "a direct or indirect responsibility," he said. He called for the Russian oligarchs in Britain and the case for maintaining relations with the Kremlin so there can be "a constructive and robust dialogue."
"We once stood as allies with the Russian people, millions of during a Second World War, "Corbyn said. I am sure, be allies again. "
In a sign of the cross-party hostility aimed at Corbyn, Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing, who was overseeing the debate, at one point told lawmakers:
May has had little to cheer about in the last year, with her expected political lifespan sometimes days. But in Parliament on Monday they for once enjoyed the support of her Conservative Party – as well as many in Labor.
While Britain would like "constructive" relations with Russia, it needs to "face the facts," she told lawmakers.
"President Putin's regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our values and interests within Europe and beyond. The challenge of Russia is one that will endure for years to come, "she said. "As a European democracy, the United Kingdom wants to stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in the European Union and NATO to face down these threats together."