Boris Johnson was “wrong” to use the language he did after the London Bridge terror attack, a Welsh Conservative election candidate has said.
Two people were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.
The prime minister blamed Khan’s early release from jail on legislation introduced by a “leftie government”.
Welsh Conservative election candidate Fay Jones said Mr Johnson should not have used the terrorist incident “as a political exercise”.
After he called for longer sentences and an end to automatic release, the father of Jack Merritt, one of the victims, said he would not wish his son’s death “to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences”.
Speaking in the BBC Wales Live election debate in Wrexham on Tuesday night, Ms Jones said: “I don’t think the prime minister or anybody should be using this as a political exercise.”
Asked if Mr Johnson was wrong, she replied: “Yes, he was.”
Khan had served half of his sentence and the prime minister claimed scrapping early release would have stopped him.
Mr Johnson blamed Khan’s release on legislation introduced under “a leftie government”, insisting the automatic release scheme was introduced by Labour – but he has been challenged about what the Conservatives had done to change the law over the past 10 years in government.