Jeremy Corbyn will not go to Cuba for Fidel Castro funeral
Jeremy Corbyn will not travel to Cuba to attend Fidel Castro's funeral or a memorial service to commemorate the revolutionary leader, his spokesman has confirmed.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry will represent Labour at Tuesday's memorial in the capital city Havana.
Neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will attend, with the British Government to be represented by minister for the Americas Sir Alan Duncan.
Mr Corbyn has been criticised for saying that "for all his flaws", Castro will be remembered as a "champion of social justice".
His comments sparked an outcry over the Castro regime's human rights abuses and lack of democratic accountability.
Asked about Mrs May's views on Castro, the PM's official spokeswoman told a Westminster briefing: "The Prime Minister shares the view set out by the Foreign Secretary this weekend that he was marked out as a historic, if controversial, figure and we now want to look to the future, how we can work with the government of Cuba on a wide range of priorities, including human rights."
Following the former president's death at the age of 90 on Friday, it was announced that his remains would rest in Havana's Jose Marti Memorial until Tuesday, when a mass gathering will take place in the Plaza de la Revolucion.
The casket containing his ashes will then be transported around the country on a four-day, 900-kilometre journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, retracing in reverse the route of his rebel army advancing on the capital in 1959.
On December 4, he will be laid to rest at the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba, alongside 19th-century national hero Jose Marti.