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Boris Johnson says talks with Donald Trump is better than Jeremy Corbyn who 'advocated talking to the IRA'

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended talking with Donald Trump as better than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who "advocated talking to the IRA".

Mr Corbyn faced strong criticism for bringing members of the IRA to the House of Commons during the 1980s.

But he has insisted those he invited were former prisoners who had completed their sentences and his aim all along had been to open dialogue and reach a political solution.

Between 1986 and 1992, Mr Corbyn attended and spoke at an annual London commemoration event for the IRA hunger strikers.

Mr Johnson's comments came during an urgent statement in the Commons on Monday, where he faced pressure to stand up to President Donald Trump after his controversial travel ban on refugees and citizens from several mainly Muslim countries.

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He was asked by Labour's Chi Onwurah, "Does the Foreign Secretary agree that, regardless of the exemption for UK nationals, the Trump presidency is tainted by this bigoted, immoral ban, that the Prime Minister is tainted by her hand-in-hand association and that he is tainted by his craven complacency?'

To which he replied: "A ministerial colleague makes from a sedentary position the important point that the leadership of the Labour party is currently in the hands of somebody who advocated talking to the IRA not so many years ago, and possibly still does.

"We are advocating engagement with the Government of the most powerful nation on earth, on which the security of the world depends."

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