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Tory Slams 'Corbyn Quote' Before Being Told It Was Said By Boris Johnson

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Tory Slams 'Corbyn Quote' Before Being Told It Was Said By Boris Johnson

There are many famous quotes throughout history: "A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind." "I have a dream," and so on.

We all know who said them and when.

However, a lesser known quote is: "Isn't it possible that things like the Iraq war did not create the problem of murderous Islamic fundamentalists, though the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people in this country and given them a new pretext?"

Now, there's a bonus point if you can tell me who said that. The answer, according to defence secretary, Michael Fallon, was Jeremy Corbyn.

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The actual answer, was Boris Johnson - a fellow Conservative and the current foreign secretary.

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When appearing on Channel 4 News, Michael Fallon was being put to the sword by newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy during an interview covering the 'war on terror'.

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Fallon was there to respond to labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's comments saying that the war had failed. A line which followed after the tragic events that occurred in Manchester on Monday night, when 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber.

The defence secretary was quick to jump down the throat of the quote given, believing that they were the words of Corbyn.

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"He goes on to say, 'the Iraq war did not introduce the poison into our bloodstream but, yes, the war did help to potentiate that poison'. That is exactly the same as what Jeremy Corbyn is saying now," the presenter added.

Visibly baffled by getting it all wrong, Fallon responded: "Well I don't agree with that."

He tried to avoid the question which Guru-Murthy threw back at him: Is Boris Johnson wrong?

"Well I would have to see the words you are trying to quote to me, I don't have them in front of me," said Fallon. Guru-Murthy repeating the fact that he had just read them out.

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Credit: Channel 4

In the aftermath of the Manchester attacks, Britain saw its security threat level increased from 'severe' to 'critical' - implying another terrorist attack was imminent.

However, on Saturday, that was reduced back to 'severe'. Although a terrorist threat is no longer expected it is still 'highly likely'.

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Operation Temperer, which sees members of the military deployed at key locations, will continue until Monday night - after which the soldiers are expected be told to stand down.

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Topics: Jeremy Corbyn, Conservatives, general election, Boris Johnson, Labour, politics

Michael Minay
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