New Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, could be a tricky one for Osborne to deal with

September 28th, 2015


His first big speech gets positive responses

John McDonnell first came to prominence in 2007 when he sought to run against Gordon Brown for the party leadership. Unfortunately for him the Brown camp launched a massive effort to ensure that so many of the then PLP backed their man that there weren’t enough left over to get McDonnell on the ballot.

I’ve long been impressed with his communication skills and over the past few days we’ve seen something of his political strengths. He’s sharp and a lot of the success or failure of the Corbyn leadership rests on his shoulders.

His speech today showed that he’s not going to be as easy a foe for Osborne as many might have expected.

Mike Smithson