Gloves are off in leadership battle amid criticism of Corbyn policies
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.