Jeremy Corbyn Criticises Theresa May For Donations After She Vows To Pursue Russian Nerve Agent
Labour Leader has attacked the Prime Minister over donations from Russian oligarchs after she criticised the Kremlin for the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Theresa May gave the Russian Leader Vladimir Putin 24 hours to explain how a deadly Russian nerve agent was used in an assassination attempt which left Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill in hospital. Moscow dismissed May’s statement as a “circus”.

Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of resisting a Commons move to introduce tougher sanctions on foreign criminals stashing money in the UK.

“We’re all familiar with the way huge fortunes, often acquired in the most dubious ways possible in Russia sometimes connected with criminal elements have ended up sheltering in London and trying to buy political influence in British party politics,” Corbyn said.

He made a political point about donations the Conservatives have received from Russian business people, saying: “And there have been over £800,000 worth of donations to the Conservative party from Russian oligarchs and their associates.”

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“So Mr Speaker, if that is the evidence before the government, even before the investigation is complete the government could be taking action to introduce new financial sanctions powers.” Corbyn added: “But instead they are currently resisting Labour’s amendments to the sanctions and money laundering bill, which could introduce the so-called Magnitzky powers.”

British Labour Co-operative politician Chris Leslie said there should be “unity across the house” in terms of what he believed was a proportionate and sensible approach to analysing what’s been happening.

The PM thanked him for “the tone that he adopted” and admitted that Leslie is absolutely right and this is a “question of the national interest.”

And Mrs May herself had a dig at the Labour leader, thanking SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford for “his tone” in responding to her statement.

The Sunday Telegraph reported on Monday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have agreed to introduce a British version of the US “Magnitsky Act”.

The US “Magnitsky Act” which passed in 2012, was designed to punish Russian officials involved in the death in custody of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky while he was investigating official corruption.

Tories seeking similar legislation in the UK confirmed discussions were ongoing with ministers about including “Magnitsky amendments” into the Sanctions Bill currently going through Parliament.

Tory backbencher Richard Benyon told the Press Association: “We are in negotiations with the Government which I hope will come to fruition in the report stage (of the Bill) which is down for April.”

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