John McDonnell: Tory raid on pensioners will hand election victory to Labour

Posted On: 
19th May 2017

John McDonnell has predicted Labour will win the election thanks to pensioners and young people angry at Theresa May's election manifesto.

John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn
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Yesterday’s Conservative launch confirmed that the party would move to scrap the triple lock, which currently guarantees that pensions will rise by at least 2.5% a year.

The winter fuel allowance will also be removed from the wealthiest pensioners - a policy which the Resolution Foundation thinktank estimates will hit 10 million OAPs.

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The Tories' shake-up of the social care system will also see people forced to use the value of their homes to pay for their treatment in a move which Jeremy Corbyn dubbed a tax on dementia.

Appearing on Radio 4's Today programme this morning, Mr McDonnell said: “We’re going to win. We’re rising in the polls and now that people have seen this Tory manifesto, I tell you ten million pensioners out there will be very angry."

The Shadow Chancellor added that the “hope” offered by Labour would help in winning over younger voters.

“Large numbers of young people will be angry as there’s no future in this manifesto,” he added.

“I think we’re going to win on the basis of the positive hope were giving people, rather than this vague blank cheque that Theresa May has demanded when there’s a triple whammy hitting our pensioners."


​Meanwhile, Mr McDonnell also defended Unite boss Len McCluskey, who earlier this week said losing 30 MPs would represent a successful election campaign for Labour.

He then performed a U-turn less than 24 hours later, claiming he "full of optimism" about the party's chances following the launch of its manifesto.

Mr McDonnell said: "(Len) was much more optimistic the next day, and said we’ve a good chance of winning this election.

"He didn’t come under pressure; he just woke up more optimistic the next morning, he must have a good breakfast."