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Tories accused of spreading fake news with edited video of Jeremy Corbyn's IRA comments

'I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA'

The Conservatives have been accused by Labour of spreading fake news on social media after a video was edited so that it appeared that Jeremy Corbyn refused to condemn the IRA.

In the viral video, which the Tories have paid to have inserted into people's Facebook feeds, Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge can be seen asking whether he condemns the IRA.

Mr Corbyn replies: "Bombing is wrong, all bombing is wrong, of course I condemn it."

Ridge responds: "But you’re condemning all bombing, can you condemn the IRA without equating it to." Corbyn says: "No." The clip is cut off at that point but the full quote was: "No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process.

"Listen, in the 1980s Britain was looking for a military solution, it clearly was never going to work. Ask anyone in the British army at the time … I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA."

Another Tory advert on Facebook claims Corbyn wants to abolish the armed forces.

However the Labour manifesto pledges to spend 2% of GDP on defence. It states: "We will ensure that our armed forces are properly equipped and resourced to respond to wide-ranging security challenges."

Facebook it is not regulated by Ofcom which can only consider complaints about broadcasts that are "unjust or unfair" if they are on television.

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