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Jeremy Corbyn 'Confusion' Over 'Shoot To Kill' Was 'Not Out Greatest Day,' Says Labour MP

17/11/2015 15:24 GMT | Updated 17/11/2015 15:59 GMT

A Labour MP has apologised for "confusion" over his party's policy on whether it backs the idea of the police shooting dead terrorists during a Paris-style attack on British streets.

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC he was "not happy" with a so-called shoot to kill policy. However today The Huffington Post revealed he had reversed that position - telling Labour's National Executive Committee he would authorise lethal force.

John Woodcock, a former shadow minister and critic of Corbyn, said "of course" the police and security services should be able to kill terrorists during an attack.

He told Sky News: "I can only apologise to Sky viewers for the confusion over the last 24-hours, but I am glad our leader Jeremy Corbyn has retracted, or at least clarified, his remarks of yesterday."

He added: "Yesterday wasn’t our greatest day."

"We do need to speak responsibility and we should be speaking coherently on domestic security and also on the international situation."

Corbyn came under repeated attack at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party last night over his stance on the legality of police action in the Paris attacks, the assassination of Mohamed Emwazi by a US drone strike and his intentions to attend a meeting of the Stop the War Coalition.

Labour MPs also publicly implicitly criticised Corbyn in the Commons today as David Cameron outlined plans to push parliament to approve plans to launch military strikes against Isis in Syria.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said "everyone" should agree the police need the "necessary powers, including the proportionate use of lethal force if needs be, to keep our communities safe".

Former shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds said the Stop the War Coalition was "disgraceful" for appearing to blame France for the Paris attacks and called for it to be "condemned".

And Mike Gapes, the former Labour chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said the prime minister "spoke not just for the government but for the country" as he set out his plan to deal with Isis.

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