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Labour uprising: Furious MPs demand Jeremy Corbyn ally John McDonnell take power
February 7, 2021
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Senior Labour MPs have called for the former Shadow Chancellor to stand as their candidate in a future leadership challenge. This comes just ten months after Sir Keir took over from Jeremy Corbyn following Labour’s worst election defeat since 1935.
One former Shadow Minister said: “Sir Keir has missed his chance to take lumps out of Boris and his serial incompetence.
“Now the vaccination programme’s going so well, I’m afraid that Starmer’s just missed his chance.”
The former minister added how members of the Party are now turning to Mr McDonnell, a key Corbyn ally, to help rescue the party.
He continued: “This is not a coup against Keir.
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“We suspect the right-wing will move first against him – not us.
“But if he is forced out, we want John as our candidate as he is by far the most experienced and representative of the party’s members.
“As for Starmer, he promised us Corbynism without Corbyn but he’s giving us Blairism without Blair.”
However, a source close to Mr McDonnell dismissed any leadership speculation as “pure mischief”.
They insisted he was focusing on setting out a “Socialist policy response to Covid-19”.
This comes after many Labour MPs warned the results of the May elections will be so bad Sir Keir will be forced to quit.
Mr McDonnell has been a long-time ally of the former Labour leader and defended him when Mr Corbyn was suspended last year.
After Mr Corbyn was suspended pending an investigation in anti-Semitism, Mr McDonnell said: “On the day we should all be moving forward and taking all steps to fight anti-Semistim, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong.
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“In interests of party unity let’s find a way of undoing and resolving this.”
He added: “I urge all party members to stay calm as that is the best way to support Jeremy and each other.
“Let’s all call upon the leadership to lift this suspension.”
Sir Keir was left red-faced over a number of opinion poll results which show Labour trailing between the Tories following a string of embarrassments for the Opposition leader.
This week brought a spate of hiccups to his agenda which he was forced to apologise for.
The Guardian leaked his transparent plans to rebrand Labour as a party of patriots.
The leadership proposed “use of the flag, veterans and dressing smartly” as part of a plan to rebrand the Opposition party.
He also caused an uproar by telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson the “truth escapes him” during PMQs.
Mr Johnson hit back and accused him not of wanting to join the EU’s vaccination programme but the EU’s medicines regulator.