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Jeremy Corbyn's war veteran named as former BNP man

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/11/2015

Defended: Jeremy Corbyn
Defended: Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour Party leapt to the defence of Jeremy Corbyn after it emerged he had asked the Prime Minister a question submitted by a former BNP organiser in Northern Ireland.

Since becoming party leader, Mr Corbyn has used questions emailed to him from members of the public at Prime Minister's Questions each week.

In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Corbyn told Prime Minister David Cameron he had a question from "Kieran, a veteran of the first Gulf war".

He added: "His family are set to lose out, and he writes: 'It's a worry to the family... There's fear and trepidation about whether we're going to be able to get by'.

"And he asks: 'Is that how this government treats veterans of the armed forces?'"

According to website Buzzfeed News, 'Kieran' is Kieran Devlin, a former soldier who had also been the British National Party's organiser in Northern Ireland. But Mr Corbyn's press spokesman, Kevin Slocombe, defended the Labour leader.

"Jeremy Corbyn has been using PMQs to put questions on behalf of people across Britain in an attempt to get direct answers from the Prime Minister," he said.

"Some are sourced from direct emails and some from members of organisations. Kieran Devlin's contact originated via the Veterans for Peace UK organisation.

"Kieran has rejected his previous involvement with the British National Party and has played an active role through Veterans for Peace in efforts to reconcile British Army and republican veterans in Northern Ireland."

In 2009, the Sunday World named Devlin as the individual running the party in Northern Ireland under the name Kieran Dinsmore. His details were included on a membership list leaked that year.

It is believed Mr Devlin no longer has any involvement with the British National Party.

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