McDon­nell: I’m not try­ing to oust Cor­byn’s top aides

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JOHN McDon­nell yesterday de­nied claims that he has been at­tempt­ing to force Jeremy Cor­byn to sack his two clos­est aides.

The Shadow Chan­cel­lor re­jected re­ports that he and Diane Ab­bott have been call­ing for the re­moval of Karie Murphy, his chief of staff, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief Seu­mas Milne.

The pair have been ac­cused of hold­ing Mr Cor­byn cap­tive in his of­fice and block­ing him from chang­ing the Labour party’s Brexit stance.

But Mr McDon­nell told the BBC: ‘I have the con­fi­dence in them, of course I do. I’ve not told any­one to be sacked or any­thing like that. Jeremy and I talk about poli­cies on a daily ba­sis. Yes, we’ll dis­agree on things, but we’ll then come to an agree­ment.’

He added: ‘He’ll build con­sen­sus, just as he al­ways does and then we back each other up.’ Asked if he, like Miss Ab­bott, be­lieved Mr Cor­byn had been ‘held cap­tive by his of­fice’, Mr McDon­nell replied: ‘I don’t be­lieve that’s what Diane Ab­bott has said... We’re go­ing to come to a de­ci­sion I think sooner rather than later with re­gards to our Brexit po­si­tion.’

He added: ‘We’ve got a huge do­mes­tic agenda that we want to pro­mote and I think we’ll sur­prise peo­ple in an elec­tion just as we did in 017 and we’ll go into of­fice as a united party.’

Karie Murphy and Seu­mas Milne

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