Jeremy Corbyn a 'f***ing disgrace', Labour shadow minister tells journalists after meeting

Some MPs were reportedly unhappy about Mr Corbyn questioning the Government's 'shoot to kill' policy and action on Syria

Jon Stone
Tuesday 17 November 2015 09:56 GMT
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow ministers has branded their leader a “f***ing disgrace” after he attended an acrimonious meeting with Labour MPs.

Some politicians at the private Monday evening meeting were reportedly angry that Mr Corbyn had questioned police having a “shoot to kill” policy for terror suspects on British soil.

There was also said to be dissent over the Labour leader’s statement earlier in the day effective ruling out support for military action in Syria.

“He doesn’t answer anything. He got roasted, he’s a f****** disgrace,” the MP said, according to both the Daily Mirror and The Sun newspapers.

The BBC reports another anonymous MP as saying the Labour leader was “aggressively heckled” during the meeting.

A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said that those who express critical views “volubly” were in the minority and that the shadow cabinet was united on blocking military action in Syria.

Mr Corbyn said he was “not happy” with a police policy of shoot-to-kill of the kind that had killed Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menzes in 2005.

“I'm not happy with the shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often be counter-productive,” he said.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a wreath-laying ceremony in his Islington North constituency

“I think you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you can,” he had said earlier in the day.”

Mr Corbyn also warned on Monday that bombing Syria might simply cause “yet more conflict, more mayhem and more loss”.

Some Labour MPs are pro bombing the country and want to be able to vote differently to their leader on the issue.

The Labour leader was speaking after a string of bomb and gun attacks in Ankara, Beirut and Paris over the last month that left hundreds dead.

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