Father of London Bridge terror victim Jack Merritt blasts Boris Johnson

The father of a man killed in the London Bridge terror has slammed Boris Johnson for trying to ‘make political capital’ over his death.

David Merritt said the Prime Minister was a ‘fraud’ for using the attack as justification for a series of tougher criminal policies in a post on social media.

His son Jack Merritt, 25, was one of two people killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan at a prisoner reform meeting in Fishmongers’ Hall last Friday. 

David Merritt (third from right), whose son Jack was killed in the London Bridge terror attack, has slammed Boris Johnson for trying to 'make political capital' over his death

David Merritt (third from right), whose son Jack was killed in the London Bridge terror attack, has slammed Boris Johnson for trying to 'make political capital' over his death

David Merritt (third from right), whose son Jack was killed in the London Bridge terror attack, has slammed Boris Johnson for trying to ‘make political capital’ over his death

Posting on Twitter in response to a mention of the attack in last night’s BBC leaders’ debate, he said: ‘If prisoners have engaged with rehabilitation & turned their lives around, why should they be punished for what Khan did?’

In his first direct attack on Mr Johnson, he added: ‘Corbyn spoke the truth last night. Johnson lied & used our son’s death to make political capital.

‘Wake up Britain: this man is a fraud. He’s the worst of us, & he’s taking you for a ride. You may think the options open to you in this election are not entirely to your liking. Me neither, but I’ll be voting least worst option: anti-Tory.’

Challenged on the attack during the BBC leaders’ debate – the final head-to-head between Mr Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn – the prime minister said he had ‘huge sympathy’ for both victims’ families.        

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