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David Miliband says Jeremy Corbyn should be ‘standing up for British citizens’ over Russian spy poisoning

David Miliband has criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s Commons response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, saying he should be “standing up for British citizens”.

The Labour leader “sounded like President Trump” in calling for dialogue with Vladimir Putin when the Russian double agent and his daughter had been left in “mortal danger” by the nerve-agent attack, he warned.

“What Jeremy Corbyn was saying was strangely like the kind of things that President Trump says about the need to engage in dialogue, to keep on talking to them,” the former Labour Foreign Secretary said. No-one is saying that all contact is going to be cut off – the question is whether or not there are actions as well as words. Because the truth is that it is only actions that shows the Russians we are serious.”

Asked if Mr Corbyn should have been “stronger”, Mr Miliband added: “I think it is about standing up for our own citizens, frankly, because it’s British citizens.

“Two of them are in mortal danger now. Apparently, 500 of them could have been affected by this nerve gas.The criticism comes after Mr Corbyn came under fire for raising huge donations to the Tory Party by wealthy Russian expats – moments after Theresa May’s statement blamed the Kremlin for the attack in Salisbury.

The Labour leader faced shouts of “shame” and “disgrace” when he said: “We’re all familiar with the way huge fortunes, often acquired in the most dubious circumstances in Russia, sometimes connected with criminal elements, have ended up sheltering in London and trying to buy political influence in British party politics.

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