Corbyn backs only ‘strictly necessary force’
MP backlash for labour leader
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has been heckled by some of his own MPs during a meeting of the executive committee, following comments made about the use of excessive force against extremists.
Speaking last week, Mr Corbyn told the BBC that he was not happy with a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy for British police as it posed a ‘clear danger to us all’.
“I'm not happy with the shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think it can often be counter-productive,” he said.
“I think you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you can.”
Amongst the critics was former shadow chancellor, Chris Leslie, and shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden, who both questioned the approach in regard to counter-terror activities.
Mr Leslie said it should be ‘immediately obvious to everyone’ that lethal force should be an option for police in order to keep the public safe.
Likewise, Prime Minister David Cameron urged his opposing party leader to reconsider his comments following attacks in Paris on Friday.
Mr Cameron also repeated his view that the country should join its allies in taking the fight to jihadists in Syria.
“We must not try to seek excuses for what is a death cult, which has been killing British citizens for many, many years,” he said.
Following the hotly-debated topic in parliament, Mr Corbyn has since confirmed to the Huffington Post that he would now authorise legal force against terrorists ‘if necessary’.