John McDonnell gets bigger Labour role after local election failures : The Guardian


Shadow chancellor will push ‘for the many, not the few’ message in bid to restore trust in Labour party in run-up to the general election.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, will be at the centre of Labour’s pitch to voters in the next four weeks as the party tries to win the public’s trust after a poor set of local council results.

The party had lost 321 council seats by early evening on Friday and intends to respond to the losses by showing more of the shadow chancellor, who will reveal more about his values and personal story in the coming days as the party seeks to underline its campaign message of a Britain run “for the many, not the few”.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, acknowledged that there had been some “difficult” results but quickly switched to Labour’s core campaign message on Friday evening. “We will not…

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