The former head of MI6 has branded Jeremy Corbyn a danger to national security who is unfit to hold the keys to No 10.
In an extraordinary intervention, Sir Richard Dearlove said the Labour leader would pose a ‘present danger to our country’ if he became Prime Minister and is able to access top-secret documents.
Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, the former spy chief makes the devastating assertion that Mr Corbyn’s past political activities mean he should never be allowed access to such sensitive classified information.
Sir Richard says Mr Corbyn’s involvement with extremist movements, his admiration for Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War and his long association with close advisers Andrew Murray, a former member of the Communist party, and Seumas Milne, a long-time supporter of the Palestinian cause, make him unfit for the highest office in the land.
Such a background would normally prevent Mr Corbyn ever getting security clearance to see sensitive intelligence – but if he was elected he would bypass the tough vetting process.
‘When vital national security interests are at stake, the political facts of his past cannot be airbrushed out. Politicians should have to live with their political record, and Corbyn’s, whatever political views he may claim to hold today, rules him out as someone suitable to be our Prime Minister.
“The soft-spoken, apparently gentle old man who is promising voters the world may not be quite as he now wishes to present himself.
“His radical past portrays the truth about what type of politician he was, a political relative of the gang of Communist henchmen who created East Germany.
‘Do not even think of taking the risk of handing this politician the keys to No 10’.
“Labour Party members and supporters, if they cannot bring themselves to vote for another party, should choose to abstain.