Jeremy Corbyn has attacked Donald Trump’s response to the case of a young British man killed in a hit-and-run accident, accusing the US president of “the most crass, insensitive comment anyone could ever make”.

The death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire in late August is at the centre of a row between the US and UK after it emerged that the main suspect is the wife of a US diplomat, who therefore has diplomatic immunity.

Anne Sacoolas, who is alleged to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when the young motorcyclist was killed, returned to the US despite telling local police she had no such plans.

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The UK government has urged Mr Trump to withdraw the diplomatic immunity in order to allow police to question Ms Sacoolas, with Boris Johnson raising the case during a call with the US president.

But speaking on Wednesday, the Republican appeared to defend her, saying that driving on the wrong side of the road “can happen”.

He said: “The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road, and that can happen. You know, those are the opposite roads, that happens.”

The comments were described as “insensitive, clumsy, oafish and insulting” by a spokesperson for the Dunn family and also condemned by Mr Corbyn during a visit to Northamptonshire on Thursday.

Answering questions after a speech in Northampton, the Labour leader said the US decision to grant Ms Sacoolas diplomatic immunity had been “completely unacceptable” and claimed Labour would look at taking legal action if it was possible to do so.

He said: “I’m alarmed about that.

“For somebody to be killed in our country and the person who did it to flee to the United States and then claim diplomatic immunity is completely unacceptable.”

He added: “I know the family went to see Dominic Raab yesterday. We would put every bit of possible pressure we could on the United states.

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“If we could mount legal action in the United States, we would do so because it is simply not acceptable for someone to seek diplomatic immunity when somebody – a wholly innocent individual – has been killed by the behaviour of somebody else.”

Mr Corbyn also used the speech to condemn Turkish attacks in northern Syria as “completely unacceptable”.

He said: “More violence is never the solution. To end war you have to make peace, which is what all sides should do now.

“The Syrian peace process must mean peace and security for the Kurdish people too, whose voice must be included and heard. Reckless military interventions have made Britain and the world a more dangerous place.”

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19/50 21 September 2019

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20/50 20 September 2019

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cuts the hair of David Torrance MSP raising £1000 for the charity Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

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38/50 2 September 2019

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49/50 22 August 2019

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow DEFRA Secretary Sue Hayman during a visit to Rakefoot Farm, Castlerigg, Keswick where they are highlighting the danger of a No Deal Brexit to sheep farmers

50/50 21 August 2019

Festival goers walk along the towpath of the River Thames as they arrive for the Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue

1/50 9 October 2019

Wales survived an almighty scare against Fiji to secure quarter-final spot at the rugby world cup. Warren Gatland’s side recovered from a 10-0 deficit thanks to a hat-trick from Josh Adams

2/50 8 October 2019

Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels at Millbank at the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Westminster

3/50 7 October 2019

Final preparations are made in front of a reproduction of Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’, ahead of the opening of for the ‘Michelangelo: A Different View’ exhibition at Hull Minister

4/50 6 October 2019

A car drives through a flooded street in Whitley Bay in Northumberland

5/50 5 October 2019

Thousands took to the streets of Edinburgh today to march in support of a second Scottish independence referendum

6/50 4 October 2019

A 12ft sculpture of a gorilla, entitled ‘Gorilla Apocalypse’, created by Luke Kite entirely from scrap car bumpers and panels discarded in the last decade is on display at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire

7/50 3 October 2019

Police stands in front of the Treasury building during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London

8/50 2 October 2019

Ex-Thomas Cook employees demonstrate in London after delivering a petition calling for a full inquiry into Thomas Cook’s collapse and for the company’s directors to pay back their bonuses

9/50 1 October 2019

A road in Alum Rock, Birmingham is flooded after persistent heavy rain

10/50 30 September 2019

Two tourists pose for pictures in front of Union and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London

11/50 29 September 2019

A sheep on London Bridge as Freemen of the City of London took up their historic entitlement to drive sheep over the bridge, which was once London’s only river crossing

12/50 28 September 2019

An Aldabra giant tortoise is fed watermelon as a treat at the Malvern Autumn Show, at the Three Counties Showground near Malvern in Worcestershire

13/50 27 September 2019

Gallery assistants pose with an artwork entitled ‘Devolved Parliament’ by British artist Banksy, during a press view in London ahead of Sotheby’s contemporary art sale, as part of the Frieze Art Fair

14/50 26 September 2019

England’s Jonathan Joseph is tackled by United State’s Marcel Brache during their group match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. England scored seven tries on their way to winning 45-7

15/50 25 September 2019

Tributes for former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen at Ibrox Stadium. Today, the funeral procession will pass Ibrox Stadium before making the journey to Wellington Church

16/50 24 September 2019

A person dressed as a caricature of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a prison uniform stands outside the Supreme Court after it ruled that his decision to suspend Parliament was illegal

17/50 23 September 2019

Thomas Cook aircraft are parked up at Manchester Airport on the day they collapsed after rescue talks failed. A total of 22,000 jobs – including 9,000 in UK – are to be lost following administration. More than 150,000 British holidaymakers need to be brought home, with the government and CAA hiring dozens of charter planes to fly customers home free of charge

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19/50 21 September 2019

Protesters gather for a march and rally organised by “The People’s Vote” in Brighton, to call for politicians to give the public a final say referendum on Brexit

20/50 20 September 2019

Protesters in London joined millions across world to demand urgent action to save planet in the largest environmental protest in history

21/50 19 September 2019

Rapper Dave poses with the Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year Award at Apollo

22/50 18 September 2019

A surfer in action during sunrise at Tynemouth on the north east coast

23/50 17 September 2019

Protesters dressed as the Incredible Hulk and Robocop outside the Supreme Court in London where judges are due to consider legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament. The Supreme Court will hear appeals over three days from two separate challenges to the prorogation of Parliament brought in England and Scotland

24/50 16 September 2019

Farmer Tom Hoggard harvests pumpkins at Howe Bridge Farm in Yorkshire, ahead of Halloween

25/50 15 September 2019

Team Europe celebrate winning the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Europe won the last three singles matches to claim victory 14½-13½
Sunset at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay

27/50 13 September 2019

Activists from PETA stage a demonstration outside a venue during London Fashion Week in London, Britain

28/50 12 September 2019

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne attempts to stop a boundary in the fifth Test

29/50 11 September 2019

Storm clouds gather over the pier just off the North East coast at South Shields

30/50 10 September 2019

The peloton rides past the Angel of the North during stage four of the Tour of Britain from Gateshead to Kendal

31/50 9 September 2019

A penny farthing cyclist rides past St. John’s, Smith Square, Westminster, London

32/50 8 September 2019

Australia celebrate the wicket of England’s Craig Overton, which meant they won the fourth test and retained the Ashes

33/50 7 September 2019

Manchester City celebrate after Caroline Weir scored during their Women’s Super League match against Manchester United at Etihad Stadium. The WSL attendance record was smashed with 31,213 people watching the first Manchester derby of Women’s Super League era – nearly six times the previous WSL record

34/50 6 September 2019

A bull bumps into a plain clothes police officer (left) while being walked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Darnford Farm in Banchory near Aberdeen. It coincided with the publication of Lord Bew’s review and an announcement of extra funding for Scottish farmers

35/50 5 September 2019

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cuts the hair of David Torrance MSP raising £1000 for the charity Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

36/50 4 September 2019

Australia’s David Warner looks dejected after being dismissed by England’s Stuart Broad during day one of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford in Manchester

37/50 3 September 2019

Anti Brexit demonstrators attend a protest at Parliament Square. Lawmakers returned from their summer recess Tuesday for a pivotal day in British politics as they challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the UK leave the European Union on 31 October, even without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the economic blow

38/50 2 September 2019

Set building begins on Waterloo Place in Edinburgh ahead of filming for Fast and Furious 9

39/50 1 September 2019

Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club take part during the annual cricket match between the clubs, which takes place on the Bramble Bank sandbank in the middle of the Solent at low tide
Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at Whitehall in London

41/50 30 August 2019

One of the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’ artworks by anonymous street artist Banksy is carried near one of the original locations the artwork appeared at on the Southbank in London

42/50 29 August 2019

The sun rises over the sculpture “The Couple” by artist Sean Henry, at Newbiggin-by-the-sea in Northumberland

43/50 28 August 2019

A person wearing a Boris Johnson ‘head’ digs a grave at the foot of a tombstone during a protest organised by Avaaz and Best for Britain, outside Downing Street in London

44/50 27 August 2019

Nat Lofthouse statue is covered in flags at the University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton

45/50 26 August 2019

Performers take part in Notting Hill Carnival. Nearly one million people were expected to attend Sunday and Monday’s carnival to celebrate Caribbean culture

46/50 25 August 2019

A competitor swims in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships in Llanwryd Wells, Powys

47/50 24 August 2019

People flock to Bournemouth beach as a heatwave spells potentially record high temperatures for the bank holiday weekend

48/50 23 August 2019

Fans of Bury FC deliver a symbolic coffin to the club’s home at Gigg Lane as the continuation of their membership to the football league lies in doubt. The club will lose their membership at midnight if they don’t find a buyer or prove that they have the means to pay off their debts

49/50 22 August 2019

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow DEFRA Secretary Sue Hayman during a visit to Rakefoot Farm, Castlerigg, Keswick where they are highlighting the danger of a No Deal Brexit to sheep farmers

50/50 21 August 2019

Festival goers walk along the towpath of the River Thames as they arrive for the Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue

In his first major address since the party’s annual conference in Brighton last month, Mr Corbyn also said that Labour will back a general election once it is clear a no-deal Brexit on 31 October has been avoided.

He denied Mr Johnson’s claims that the party is avoiding an election, saying he did not trust the prime minister not to force through no-deal.

He said: ”Prime minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form. So it’s simple: obey the law, take no-deal off the table and then let’s have the election.“

Mr Corbyn reiterated his party’s promise to hold a second referendum within six months of a Labour government taking office, adding: ”After three years of Tory failure, it’s time to take the decision out of the hands of politicians and let the people have the final say, so a Labour government will immediately legislate for a referendum.”