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Xmas messages: Mrs. May praises the Armed Forces; Corbyn pays tribute to the Good Samaritans

Monday, December 24th 2018 - 08:41 UTC
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Mrs. May said the Armed Forces had played a “vital role” in cleaning up the Novichok attack, and protecting UK's waters and skies from Russian intrusion Mrs. May said the Armed Forces had played a “vital role” in cleaning up the Novichok attack, and protecting UK's waters and skies from Russian intrusion
Opposition leader Corbyn said that he saw “the compassion of the Good Samaritan in people across our country every day but especially at Christmas”. Opposition leader Corbyn said that he saw “the compassion of the Good Samaritan in people across our country every day but especially at Christmas”.

Theresa May has used her Christmas message to praise the work of the Armed Forces, particularly in Syria and after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The PM said UK forces had “continued to demonstrate why you are the finest in the world”.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to those who emulate the Good Samaritan in his Christmas message. He drew on the Christian parable to applaud those who help others.
In her message, Mrs. May said the UK's Armed Forces had played a “vital role” in cleaning up after the Novichok attack, protecting the country's waters and skies from Russian intrusion, and also elsewhere in the fight against the Islamic State group and terrorism.

They had also helped, alongside US and French allies, to send a message to the Assad regime in Syria “that we will not stand by while chemical weapons are used, as they were in April on families, including young children”.

“Time and again, you have stood up to aggression and those who flout the rules-based international order,” she said. “You should be incredibly proud of all that you do, just as the whole country is proud of you.”

The military was called in to Salisbury after the nerve agent attack in March, to help remove vehicles and objects that might have been contaminated.

Mrs May added: “Now as we approach the new year, there will be new challenges ahead. But I know you will continue to meet them in the same way that you have always done. With courage, determination, resilience, ingenuity. Qualities that are as vital now as they have ever been.”

In a video to run on social media, Mr Corbyn said that he saw “the compassion of the Good Samaritan in people across our country every day but especially at Christmas”.

“Whether it's people helping in homeless shelters, offering comfort and meals for those looking to escape the freezing temperatures and dangers of sleeping rough... Those ensuring food banks are fully stocked for people who can't afford to eat properly this Christmas...

”Or volunteers raising money for refugees who've been forced to flee war, oppression and devastation... These are people who will not 'walk by on the other side'.

“They do what's become so necessary in a system that is failing to provide for people's basic needs.” He said these people “embody what's best and most compassionate in all of us”.

“They make me certain that we can build a fairer society which works for everyone.”

Mr Corbyn's message comes after charity Crisis said homelessness in the UK was at a record high, with 170,000 families and individuals experiencing destitution.

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  • Patrick Edgar

    Regarding the “Stupid Woman” incident in Parliament.

    I just watched the YouTube again (Watch: Jeremy Corbyn appears to call the PM a “stupid woman”) much more carefully . This is unbelievable ! “Professionals” said he said “woman” ??? They must be corrupted then, paid or politics opponents ! That should be the real scandal !! Because there is no question about it. You can actually see both “p”s i People on his lips, and no trace of the “m” in woman. WOW. And then they want the World to believe they are more deserving of sovereign right to the Malvinas Islands than Argentina is, who was settling these uninhabited islands right in front of their country when the nation was being formed. Britain on the other hand was all the way on the other side of the world, and demonstrated nothing but written colonially presumptions absentee right to them ! Which is why they have to enforce their occupation there with Military force and British nationals. It seems to come extremely easy to lie for some.

    Dec 24th, 2018 - 11:27 am 0
  • Voice

    If your opponent...singular had just ridiculed you...would you reply sotto voce...“stupid people”...plural...?
    Have some sense Patrick....

    Dec 25th, 2018 - 03:30 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @PE
    Not being a native English speaker, it is clear you cannot lip-read it... I am not claiming to be able to either, but in retrospect, it is obvious he muttered “stupid woman”....

    But to use your dramatic words, the “real scandal” is the fact that you link that incident to the Falkland Islands....are you daft ? Wish you a quick recovery in 2019...

    Dec 31st, 2018 - 08:46 pm 0
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