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