Gloves are off in lead­er­ship bat­tle amid crit­i­cism of Cor­byn poli­cies

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HAYES MP John McDon­nell has hit out at the “heavy-handed Labour es­tab­lish­ment” for at­tempt­ing to pre­vent left winger Jeremy Cor­byn from win­ning the party’s lead­er­ship con­test.

Mr McDon­nell, who stood un­suc­cess­fully against Gor­don Brown for Labour’s top job in 2007, said calls for party mem­bers to come to their senses were an “in­sult the in­tel­li­gence, ide­al­ism and judg­ment” of vot­ers and would make them more de­ter­mined to chal­lenge this “heavy-handed, dom­i­neeringestab­lish­ment at­ti­tude”.

Writ­ing in a na­tional news­pa­per last week, the MP added: “A small band of shadow cab­i­net mem­bers have lined up to refuse to serve in posts they haven’t even been of­fered, on the ba­sis of ob­jec­tion to eco­nomic poli­cies they clearly haven’t read.”

Mr McDon­nell, who is back­ing Is­ling­ton MP Jeremy Cor­byn – the un­der­dog-turned fron­trun­ner, dis­puted claims that his man would not be seen by the coun­try as eco­nom­i­cally com­petant.

“It is unar­guable that no mod­ern party leader can win an elec­tion if be­hind in the polls on eco­nomic com­pe­tence,” he wrote, adding that for­mer party leader Ed Miliband was proof of this.

But he added: “Jeremy Cor­byn is com­mit­ted to elim­i­nat­ing the deficit and cre­at­ing an econ­omy in which we live within our means.

“We ac­cept that cuts in public spend­ing will help elim­i­nate the deficit, but our cuts won’t be to the mid­dle-and low-in­come earn­ers and cer­tainly not to the poor.”

Party mem­bers and sup­port­ers have be­gun re­ceiv­ing their bal­lots this week and the win­ner will be un­veiled on Septem­ber 12.

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