Jeremy Corbyn blasted for 'appalling gaffe' after wrongfully claiming police officer has died

Jeremy Corbyn offers condolences to family of police officer, who is actually still alive

Jeremy Corbyn offered his condolences to a police officer who is still alive

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has received yet more unwelcome publicity after offering his condolences to the family of a "dead" policeman - who is actually still alive.

He made the comments at Prime Minister's Questions today, after Theresa May opened the session by saying her thoughts were with the officer who was seriously injured in Belfast over the weekend, Sky News reported.

The officer was shot three times in the arm and is currently recovering in hospital.

Corbyn responded to Theresa May's comments by: "expressing condolences... to the family of the police officer who lost his life over the weekend in Northern Ireland."

Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland Mark Lindsay said: "I'm appalled that the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition should get this so badly wrong on the floor of the House of Commons.

"It was a jaw-dropping gaffe and he should immediately apologise to the officer and his family."

The DUP's Ian Paisley has called for the mistake to be formally corrected so that "the record does not contain the spurious fact that a police officer was murdered in Belfast."

But John Bercow, the House of Commons Speaker said there was "no need for any further correction," as it was a mistake.

Many on Twitter have commented on the events: