McDonnell: 'Backbench if disagree with Corbyn'
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McDonnell: Speak from backbench if disagree with Corbyn

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell explains how the shadow cabinet will operate from now on.

Mr McDonnell said in the future on a free vote, shadow cabinet members would be allowed to disagree with the leadership from the backbenches, but would not be allowed to disagree with the leader's position while speaking for the party from the frontbench.

The shadow chancellor also denied shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn had been gagged, saying he can disagree with Jeremy Corbyn but would not speak against his leader's line from the front bench again, as happened on the Syria bombing debate.

  • 06 Jan 2016