Son of top Jeremy Corbyn aide claims Manchester terror attack came at ‘ideal time’ for Theresa May

The son of Jeremy Corbyn’s top election strategist said the Manchester suicide bombing had come at an “unbelievably ideal time” for Theresa May, according to reports.

Jack Murray, whose father Andrew Murray was recently installed as Mr Corbyn’s election chief, wrote on Facebook that the media would be “entirely focused” on the attack rather than the “disastrous” Tory campaign.

However, Labour has moved to disassociate itself from the comments by pointing out that the 30-year-old has never worked for the party or held any position.

Earlier this month Andrew Murray was brought in to run Labour’s campaign earlier this month having only joined the party in December.

His appointment came after a series of polls which showed the party trailing the Conservatives.

Mr Murray’s son described events in Manchester on Facebook as “truly horrific” but said: “One thing is for certain though, that this has come at an unbelievably ideal time for those in power and over the next two weeks the media will now be entirely focused on this terrorist attack and not the disastrous Conservative party campaign that was losing support daily.

“It will be entirely focused on using this attack as further proof of why we need a ‘strong and stable’ leader and not a man of peace with ‘terrorist links’.”

He said people should not let the “tragic loss of innocent life be used as a campaign tool”.

His son’s comments come after Debbie Hicks, a Labour Party vice chairman in Stroud, Gloucs, was forced to apologise after writing on Facebook: “I can’t help thinking this is wonderful timing for Theresa May.”