PUBLISHED: 14:53, Sat, Sep 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:58, Sat, Sep 19, 2020
The former Shadow Chancellor and major ally of Jeremy Corbyn said Sir Keir Starmer, who has been distancing himself from his predecessor’s far left, was elected after he adopted a party policy which was “drawn from the last two Labour manifestos”. He told Italian paper La Republica: “It's interesting that the new leadership, Keir Starmer, was elected on the basis of adopting a template policy programme, which was drawn from the last two Labour manifestos.
“I don't think he would have gained the support without securing that, without that commitment to those policies... that doesn't mean to say there aren't others in the Labour Party that wouldn't want to ship it back to the policies of New Labour.”
Mr McDonnell warned Sir Keir was losing members who had abandoned the Labour Party after Mr Corbyn’s departure.
When quizzed over members abandoning the party following’s Mr Corbyn’s exit, he said: “Yeah, there's some of the statements that have been made on the individual issues as have not been carefully worded or well chosen.
John McDonnell said Keir Starmer got in off the back of Jeremy Corbyn's policies (Image: GETTY )
Sir Keir Starmer has been distancing himself from his predecessor’s far left (Image: GETTY )
“And some people have been alienated by that.
“So we've had some people leave, but it's not on any mass scale that I can see.
“Because I think like me, most people think that there's a prospect now of maintaining not just the policy positions that we were given ourselves that we have to pass on to, but actually maybe recognising that in the current crisis, there are calls for policy-making more radical than they were before.”
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Labour leader Sir Keir trying hard to restore the party's electability, by distancing himself from Corbyn's far left (Image: GETTY )