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“John McDonald” goes through the motions

The Shadow Chancellor would probably give a speech on Tory austerity every day if he could

By Alex Dean  

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images

John McDonnell’s speech this morning got off to something of an awkward start. In her introductory comments Labour’s Dawn Butler welcomed “John McDonald.” She carried on, hoping no one noticed. They did. We all did. (Sorry, Dawn.)

McDonald, however, wasn’t fazed. The subject of the speech today was home turf for the Shadow Chancellor: Tory austerity.

The location of One Great George Street, Westminster, probably made him feel a little less comfortable. Chandeliers and oil paintings made for an unusual setting for…

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