Corbyn ally Peter Dowd: Labour leader would back shoot-to-kill if terrorists ignored warning

Peter Dowd criticised Theresa May over police cuts (Stock image)

Monday, June 5, 2017

A senior ally of Jeremy Corbyn has suggested the Labour leader would back the use of shoot-to-kill in the event of a terrorist attack - if the terrorists ignored warnings from police.

Peter Dowd spoke to talkRADIO after Corbyn called for Theresa May to resign in the wake of Saturday's attack in London Bridge, due to the police cuts she oversaw as home secretary.

Dowd said May was "useless" as Home Secretary and backed his leader's calls for the Prime Minister to quit, suggesting she had ignored repeated warnings about the consequences of police staff cuts due to her arrogance.

The Labour election candidate then suggested Corbyn had changed his mind on shoot-to-kill, a policy he has repeatedly opposed in the past.

When Julia questioned this, Dowd said: "if you're seriously telling me that Jeremy Corbyn, or anybody for that matter, with someone facing them with a gun or a potential bomb or a knife, that you warn them, tell them to stop, and they continue, you shoot them."

Listen to the full interview above