Rayner swipes at Corbyn with brutal approach to terror – Shoot them! Ask questions later

Labour has 'made significant progress' says Angela Rayner

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Labour’s deputy leader said she was “quite hardline” on law and order as she sought to distance herself from the Jeremy Corbyn era of the party. The brash MP said she was on a “different page” to the former leader when it came to crime.

Admitting her views could be “controversial”, she backed a no-nonsense approach by the police.

She told Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast: “On things like law and order I am quite hardline.

“I am like – shoot your terrorists and ask questions second.

“Sorry – is that the most controversial thing I’ve ever said?”

Her remarks are likely to spark anger among some in her own party who have been accused of being too soft on dealing with matters of national security.

When Mr Corbyn was at the heft, he came under repeated criticism for past comments he had made about the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

When a backbencher in 2011, the Islington North MP said it was a “tragedy” the man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks had been killed rather than put on trial.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said in 2015 that he was “a total opponent of al-Qaida, all it stands for”.

However, the veteran MP stood by his remarks when questioned on them at the 2019 election.

He said: “If we preach international law and international legal process through the International Court of Justice in The Hague then we should carry it out.

“And if it’s possible to arrest somebody and put them on trial, then that is what should have been done and that is what I said about the death in 2011 and it would continue to be my principle.”

Looking to restore Labour’s reputation on crime after four years of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, Ms Rayner also urged the police to “annoy the hell” out of local criminals and thugs.

She said she wanted to see homes being raided rather than officers handing out crime reference numbers.

“On law and order, I think if you are being terrorised by the local thug I want a copper to come and sort them out.

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“You should be hardline on things like that,” the Asthon-under-Lynne MP said.

“It’s not just ‘Oh you’ve been burgled here is a crime number’.

“I want you to beat down the door of the criminals and sort them out and antagonise them.

“That’s what I say to my local police – 3 o’clock in the morning and antagonise them.

“It’s the usual suspects. I want the police to annoy the hell out of them until they realise disrupting lives is not okay.

“I am quite hardline on that.”

Labour last won a general election while in Opposition in 1997.

In the years leading up to the victory, Tony Blair sought to reposition the party as being strong on law and order.

In an article in 1993 the pledged a Labour Government would be “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”.

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