UK shadow chancellor will not be Labour interim leader

World | 13 Dec 2019 3:45 pm

UK Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, insists he will not be taking over as Labour Party's interim leader and says he is "heartbroken" at the election result, which he blames on Brexit, the BBC reports.

Asked if he would take on the leadership temporarily, he says: "No, no, no, no. There will be further announcements. Jeremy has said he won't lead the party into the next election, so at some stage we'll go into a leadership election, and Jeremy and the national executive committee will determine that timetable. Jeremy wants to ensure there is a period of reflection."

He says he realizes the "future looks bleak" but says the party would "build on this," adding that Labour had tried to have policies of principle that brought the country back together.

As for Labour activists, he says: "I know they're heartbroken, I know that, so am I... they worked incredibly hard, [and were] incredibly dedicated, we have setbacks like this in our movement, but it isn't down to them... Brexit was the issue for us."


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