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14 May 2017, 03:14 | Sue Hudson

Labour is trailing badly in opinion polls, with leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized by some supporters for not opposing Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union exit strategy strongly enough, and by others for not embracing Brexit more enthusiastically.

The Labour leader said he would honor Britain's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment to spend 2 percent of its GDP on defense.

In a speech marking the mid-point of the campaign, she will reach out to disaffected Labour voters, saying many were "appalled" at the direction he was taking the party, while promising to "earn the trust of all our people" if she is returned to Downing Street on June 8.

He admitted Labour had a "mountain to climb" before voting day, although the party is determined and the final manifesto, a draft of which was leaked on Wednesday, contains "terrifically exciting" ideas.

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On the hack Mr Corbyn said: "What we've now got is a bunch of 21st Century highway robbers who have hacked into our NHS".

Prime minister Theresa May has refused to commit to maintaining the triple lock and Jeremy Corbyn will seek to woo older voters by vowing to pass new legislation for the policy.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told an audience at Chatham House he would use military force in line with worldwide law as a last resort, while condemning Britain's "routine" wars around the world.

"Regime change wars ... and Western interventions ... have failed in their own terms and made the world a more unsafe place", he said.

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But he was against the now routine "unilateral wars and interventions", a "failed recipe that has served us so badly".

The Tories have said they will not only retain the commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending 2% of GDP on defence - which Labour also supports - but also ensure there is an annual real-terms increase in the armed forces' budget throughout the next parliament.

51% of respondents told Comres that the Conservatives had "more realistic and well thought out policies than Labour" as opposed to 31% who thought that Labour's policies were more realistic.

"I accept that military action, under global law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary".

The Tories have accused Mr Corbyn of being weak on national security.

Mr Corbyn's visit comes as Labour pledges to protect the "triple lock" pension policy, which was introduced under David Cameron and means pensions increase in line with average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is highest.

The Conservatives said they want to find a way children can erase embarrassing content, without losing their existing social media account and the online connections they have made.

The man, who has not been named, placed £6,000 on Mr Corbyn to be the next prime minister at 12/1 odds.

"The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking peaceful solutions to the world's problems", he said.

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