Jeremy Corbyn has said national security is not won through the ability to “destroy your neighbour” with nuclear weapons as he gave a rousing speech to activists to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Addressing those gathered for a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) commemoration at London’s Tavistock Square, the Labour leadership frontrunner said the “voices of protest” are “very strong” and urged those gathered to “win people over to the idea a nuclear-free world is possible”.
Ditching nuclear arms has been a central promise of the left-wing candidate’s leadership bid, setting him apart from his rivals. Labour abandoned its commitment to unilateral nuclear disarmament in the 1980s.
Stunning polling has put him in first place in the leadership race ahead of Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, with thousands joining the party for £3 as a “registered supporter” to vote for the Islington North MP.
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