Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the Government's sanctions call on Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro

The Labour leader condemned “outside interference” against the despot, who has launched a brutal crackdown on his own people as he refuses to relinquish his grip on power.

And he has called for “dialogue” with Maduro – even though he stubbornly refused to sit down for Brexit talks with Theresa May.

Maduro is facing massive global pressure to step down after leading his oil-rich country into economic meltdown and fiddling recent elections.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged the EU to impose tough sanctions to try to force the despot from power.

But Mr Corbyn – a long-time ally of the Venezuelan regime – tweeted his backing for Maduro.

He wrote: “The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. Jeremy Hunt’s call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong.

“We oppose outside interference in Venezuela, whether from the US or anywhere else.”

Millions have fled Venezuela while 90 per cent of the country have been pushed into poverty since Maduro came to power

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