Snap poll fears prompt Cor­byn MI6 meet­ing

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Con Cough­lin de­fence Ed­i­tor

JEREMY COR­BYN has met the head of MI6 for the first time in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a snap elec­tion trig­gered by the col­lapse of the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions, The Daily Tele­graph has learnt.

Alex Younger, the Chief of the Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, held a meet­ing with the Labour leader dur­ing which the im­por­tance of the agency’s work and the sever­ity of the threats fac­ing Bri­tain were made clear.

A White­hall of­fi­cial with knowl­edge of the meet­ing said: “The feel­ing was that the time had come for Mr Cor­byn to be­come ac- quainted with the work­ings of the in­tel­li­gence estab­lish­ment.” Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior se­cu­rity source, the Labour leader met Mr Younger at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s head­quar­ters in Vaux­hall, south Lon­don, where he re­ceived a de­tailed briefing on the ser­vice’s or­gan­i­sa­tional and oper­a­tional struc­ture.

The source said the meet­ing was an “ac­quain­tance” ses­sion with Mr Younger.

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