news

John McDonnell calls Labour plotters trying to overthrow Corbyn 'f***ing useless' but claims it was a joke

The Hayes and Harlington MP branded the rebels using some harsh words at a Corbyn rally. WARNING: Contains a very rude tweet

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has put himself in the firing line after branding Labour plotters "f**king useless", despite claiming it was a joke.

The Hayes and Harlington MP was addressing the #JC4PM rally in Kentish Town after Jeremy Corbyn won an automatic place on the leadership ballot for the Labour party.

Mr McDonnell slammed his rivals and said: "They're plotting, they're conniving.

"The only good thing about it is as plotters they're f***ing useless!"

'I'm an ordinary bloke; I used some bad language'

But after coming under attack for the harsh language, he defended his words on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday (July 13), claiming it was a joke.

On air, he explained: "It was a stand up comedy event. I know I promised Jeremy Corbyn I wouldn't do any more jokes - I broke my promise to him.

"I'm an ordinary bloke. I used some bad language.

"If my mother was still alive today she'd be coming down and telling me she was going to wash my mouth out with soap."

He added insisted some Labour MPs were plotting against him, and said: "That's normal politics. That's normal political descriptions.

"Of course politics can be rumbustious in debate but it isn't abuse as such."

His unflinching backing for the Labour leader was confirmed with a tweet sent on Tuesday (July 12) in support of Corbyn.

However, this backing is not universal across west London MPs as both Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter and Feltham MP Seema Malhotra handed in their resignations from the frontbench after saying Corbyn was no longer the man to lead the party.

View full mobile page