ENGLAND: Christine Shawcroft - who sits on Labour's National Executive Committee - claims soldiers should 'get teabags out' rather than resorting to air strikes, the Telegraph reports.
Britain would be safer if its defence policy was to have “cups of tea” with ISIS terrorists rather than bomb them, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s key allies on Labour’s ruling body has said.
Christine Shawcroft, who sits on the party's National Executive Committee and is a senior figure in Momentum, said that soldiers should “get the teabags out” to solve the Syrian crisis rather than resorting to air strikes.
She claimed the tactic worked on some English Defence League supporters in the past and added: “Cups of tea might actually be the best kind of system of defence and national security that you could have.”
Leading Labour moderates dismissed the comment as “grotesque in its naivety” and urged party members to kick Ms Shawcroft off the NEC when she faces re-election later this year.
Ms Shawcroft said the comments had been given in a “jocular” manner, but added that “behind the joke there is a serious point” about the failure of bombing to bring about peace.
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