John McDonnell

John McDonnell’s business charm offensive falls flat

27 September 2017 7:58

John McDonnell has never had an easy relationship with big business. The shadow chancellor thinks there is a ‘lot to…

We need a free market in credit cards – just like everything else

25 September 2017 13:33

There are some commercial decisions that are intrinsically difficult to defend. The plot of the last Captain America film, for…

John McDonnell’s Labour conference speech, full text

25 September 2017 12:35

I’d like to thank Ken Loach for that wonderful film and thank Ken for his incredible contribution to our movement.…

Labour’s conference, day two: The Spectator guide

25 September 2017 8:00

John McDonnell takes centre stage on day two of the Labour party conference. Here are the best of the events…

Sunday shows round-up: Corbyn’s single market dilemma

24 September 2017 16:39

Jeremy Corbyn – We need to ‘look very carefully’ at any future EU trade relationship As the Labour party conference…

On Brexit, Labour and the Tories are closer than either would like to admit

27 August 2017 16:28

For months, Labour has been moving ever closer to the Tory position on Brexit while pretending that it isn’t. First,…

John McDonnell’s words on Venezuela come back to haunt him

3 August 2017 10:22

As Jeremy Corbyn tries to enjoy his summer holiday, the Labour leader is under increasing pressure to speak out against…

Sunday shows round-up: Philip Hammond says public sector workers paid ‘10 per cent premium’

16 July 2017 16:31

Philip Hammond – Public sector workers paid ’10 per cent premium’ Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has landed himself…

Grenfell Tower: a political prop in a morality play

27 June 2017 11:56

John McDonnell’s use of the M-word in relation to the Grenfell inferno marks a new low in the political milking of this…

Sunday shows round-up: Hammond undermines May over Brexit ‘no deal’

18 June 2017 16:49

Philip Hammond – No deal would be ‘a very, very bad outcome’ One day before Brexit negotiations get underway, Philip…

Full transcript: John McDonnell says Labour supports leaving single market

11 June 2017 12:28

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has all but confirmed that the party is committed to leaving the single market. Here’s…

The Labour movement must denounce Jeremy Corbyn for his IRA lies

30 May 2017 20:48

The ongoing argument about Jeremy Corbyn’s support for the ‘armed struggle’ of the Provisional IRA is vacuous and circular. Very…

Stupid is as stupid votes

21 May 2017 11:08

John Stuart Mill is usually credited as the person who first called the Conservatives ‘the stupid party’, but that isn’t…

This election isn’t about policy – and it shows

16 May 2017 11:00

One of the complaints that allies of Jeremy Corbyn often issue is that his critics – whether in his own…

Sunday political interviews round-up: Theresa May says Conservatives will not raise VAT

30 April 2017 16:37

Theresa May – Conservatives will not raise VAT Touring both the BBC and ITV studios today, Theresa May tried her…

Labour’s General Election plan is already coming unstuck

20 April 2017 10:07

What does it mean to be rich? That’s the question already getting the Labour party into a tangle as it…

The Corbynistas abandon Corbyn

14 March 2017 15:41

Last night Jeremy Corbyn gathered with thousands of supporters on Parliament Square to protest against the government’s failure to guarantee…

John McDonnell’s tea offensive proves offensive

6 March 2017 18:14

As part of John McDonnell’s recent ‘tea offensive‘ to reach out and offer an olive branch to politicians on all…

Philip Hammond dismisses exorbitant divorce bill as ‘negotiating strategy’

5 March 2017 10:37

Ahead of his budget announcement this week, Philip Hammond has told Andrew Marr that the UK may continue to face EU…

Can John McDonnell’s ‘tea offensive’ finally bring Labour together?

2 March 2017 15:19

What is Labour’s priority at the moment? Normally the sensible answer for an Opposition party would be that it needs…

John McDonnell gets his excuses in early for Labour’s disastrous by-election defeat in Copeland

24 February 2017 9:03

Labour’s defeat in Copeland is nothing short of a disaster – but you won’t hear that from the shadow chancellor.…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Christmas drinks – Chilcot, trouser-gate and pork pies

13 December 2016 8:30

Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, the party has struggled when it comes to forging a positive relationship with…

Chris Leslie is no substitute for John McDonnell on Question Time

25 November 2016 14:42

On Thursday night, John McDonnell had to pull out of an appearance on Question Time — alongside David Gauke, Tim Farron, Mariana…

Watch: Shadow Treasury minister fails to get to grips with her brief

23 November 2016 16:20

As Labour struggle to be relevant, Rebecca Long-Bailey — the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury — managed to secure…

John McDonnell’s response showed how irrelevant Labour has become

23 November 2016 15:29

No-one envies the person whose job it is to respond for the Opposition to an economic statement that has just…