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Who is Jeremy Corbyn’s new Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell?

The Hayes and Harlington MP's appointment cements the left's grip on the Labour party

By Josh Lowe  

John McDonnell, Britain's new Shadow Chancellor

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership got properly underway last night with his first cabinet reshuffle, announcing a swathe of new posts in the small hours of the morning.

The cabinet as a whole is relatively broad—as Corbyn had promised—despite a slew of high-profile resignations from moderates, with sometime Tony Blair ally Lord Falconer continuing as Shadow Justice Secretary and leadership contest rival Andy Burnham installed as Shadow Home Secretary.

But the choice of Corbyn’s friend and campaign manager John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor…

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