38 Facts About John McDonnell

1. John McDonnell has said a people's vote remains on the table, but Labour would first prioritise negotiating a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy and fighting a general election.

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2. John McDonnell calls for "collective ownership of land".

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3. John McDonnell is right to double down on Tory tax cuts.

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4. John McDonnell has reportedly approched economist Lord Skidelsky over plans to look.

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5. John McDonnell has approached a prominent economist and former Tory peer about launching a review into the feasibility of a four-day working week, according to reports.

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6. Mr John McDonnell made his comments at a Barnet Unison event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

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7. John McDonnell has reportedly held talks with a prominent economist over an independent inquiry into cutting the five-day working week to four.

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8. In 2013, John McDonnell suffered a heart attack and was forced to take time off work.

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9. In 2006, John McDonnell said that "Marx, Lenin and Trotsky" were his "most significant" intellectual influences.

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10. John McDonnell has two daughters from his first marriage, which ended in 1985, and a son from his second marriage to Cynthia Pinto in 1995.

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11. In September 2018 John McDonnell said he would only back a second referendum on the European Union, if the option to remain is not present.

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12. In 2018, John McDonnell claimed that he "wants to "overthrow capitalism" and replace it with a "socialist society"".

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13. John McDonnell sparked controversy when he joked that conservative politician Esther McVey should be lynched and described her as a "stain on humanity".

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14. John McDonnell has explored ideas surrounding "alternative models of ownership", publishing a report on the subject in June 2017 and hosting a discussion conference in London in February 2018.

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15. John McDonnell repeated the word "embarrassing" five times in his Commons response to the U-turn, adding that "a bit of humility amongst politicians never goes amiss".

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16. John McDonnell managed Corbyn's leadership campaign, and he was appointed Shadow Chancellor in September 2015.

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17. John McDonnell was one of the thirty-six Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.

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18. John McDonnell noted that it would be "difficult" to get the 33 nominations needed from the parliamentary Labour Party required to stand in the election.

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19. John McDonnell said he would like to see a return to the Labour Party's more traditional areas.

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20. On 14 July 2006, John McDonnell announced his intention to stand for leadership of the Labour Party when Tony Blair announced the date of his resignation.

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21. John McDonnell has been a vocal opponent of plans to expand Heathrow Airport with a third runway—the proposed site lies within his constituency.

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22. In February 2013, John McDonnell was among those who supported the People's Assembly Against Austerity in a letter published by The Guardian newspaper.

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23. In 2002, John McDonnell worked with William Campbell-Taylor and Maurice Glasman, who challenged a parliamentary bill concerned with the City of London Corporation in relation to alleged tax avoidance:.

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24. Throughout his time in Parliament, John McDonnell has championed the cause of tax justice, hosting the Parliamentary launch of the Tax Justice Network in 2003.

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25. John McDonnell is ""not supportive of PFI schemes", declaring that has "opposed every PFI scheme that was proposed".

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26. John McDonnell has consistently opposed the privatisation of public services and chaired the Public Services not Private Profit Campaign launched in 2006 and supported by sixteen trade unions linking up with students, pensioners, health campaigners and the World Development Movement.

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27. John McDonnell chairs the Labour Representation Committee, a left-wing group of Labour activists, local parties, trade unions and MPs that campaigns for the adoption of a raft of socialist policies by the Labour Government.

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28. John McDonnell is a member of the Labour Land Campaign, which advocates introducing a land value tax.

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29. In September 2015, John McDonnell apologised on Question Time for any offence caused by his remarks on the IRA.

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30. In October 2006, John McDonnell was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for a parliamentary inquiry into the war in Iraq.

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31. John McDonnell voted against the 2003 Iraq War, stating in 2007 that:.

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32. John McDonnell became the MP for Hayes and Harlington at the 1997 general election, with a majority of 13,000.

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33. In 1981, John McDonnell was elected to the Greater London Council as the member for Hayes and Harlington.

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34. John McDonnell began training to be a Catholic priest, attending St Joseph's College, Ipswich, a Roman Catholic boarding independent school for boys, before eventually deciding against the vocation.

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35. Born in Liverpool, John McDonnell moved with his family to East Anglia when he was very young; his father became a bus driver and was a branch secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union.

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36. John McDonnell has refused to back down after supporting Philip Hammond's tax cuts for the middle.

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37. John McDonnell says Labour will end freeze on welfare benefits.

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38. Mr John McDonnell met with a group of representatives of financial firms and.

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