McDon­nell hits back over U-turn

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JOHN McDon­nell has de­fended his U-turn over Labour’s eco­nomic pol­icy, in­sist­ing he changed his mind about sup­port­ing Ge­orge Os­borne’s plans af­ter meet­ing fam­i­lies af­fected by the clo­sure of Red­car steel­works.

The shadow chan­cel­lor orig­i­nally said he would back Mr Os­borne’s plans for the Gov­ern­ment to run a bud­get sur­plus.

Mr McDon­nell (above) said he viewed the up­dated Char­ter of Bud­get Re­spon­si­bil­ity as “mean­ing­less” and had in­tended to “ridicule” it in the de­bate on Wed­nes­day – but still vote in favour of it.

His U-turn has ex­posed bit­ter di­vi­sions within the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party about the ap­proach taken by Mr McDon­nell and Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn.

Labour will now vote against the mea­sure, but Mr McDon­nell in­sisted: “We are not deficit de­niers”.

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