JEREMY Corbyn refused to say Hamas were a terrorist group that should not be in power almost 40 times last night.

The former Labour leader was being interviewed by Piers Morgan on his TalkTV show about the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Corbyn, who attended Saturday’s pro-Palestinian marches, said he has condemned Hamas’ actions on October 7, adding: “Of course I have, at every speech I’ve made I’ve utterly condemned the killing on October 7th and it was the taking of innocent life.

“It was totally wrong under any circumstances. You don’t bring back the tragedy of those 1,400 deaths by killing 10,000 in Gaza.

"You have to have a process that leads to a ceasefire.”

But he refused to answer the frustrated TalkTV host when he asked him if 15 times Hamas were a terror group – and similarly whether they should stay in power.



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Asked by the TalkTV host, “Are they a terror group?” Corbyn said: “I do not approve, support or welcome Hamas. Everybody knows what they are.”

When Piers said his lack of response was “very telling”, Corbyn said: “It’s not very telling at all. What is very telling is your inability to keep quiet for 30 seconds.”

The Islington North MP was in the studio with Len McCluskey, the former General Secretary of UNITE Union.

When he was asked if Hamas was a terrorist group, McCluskey said: “Of course.”

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