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'A jaw-dropping gaffe': Jeremy Corbyn thinks PSNI man died in shooting incident

The officer sustained three shots to the arm in the attack and is alive and recovering.

UK LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised after wrongly stating in the House of Commons that the police officer in the Northern Irish shooting had died from his injuries.

Corbyn, addressing the UK parliament, said he wished ”to join the prime minister in expressing condolences to the family of the police officer who lost his life over the weekend in Northern Ireland.”

Theresa May had said no such thing.

Corbyn felt the ire of members of the DUP as well as members of the Conservative Party in the Commons.

But it was Police Federation for Northern Ireland chairman Mark Lindsay who was strongest in his criticism of the Labour leader.

“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. Mr Corbyn was either poorly briefed by his staff or he’s that much out of touch with what is happening,” he said.

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Last Sunday, a PSNI officer was shot a number of times at a petrol station on the Crumlin road in north Belfast.

He is now in a stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton said the officer was exiting the station when “a series of gunshots were sprayed” at him. A number of other people were at the station when the attack occurred.

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