Chuka Umunna: John McDonnell should apologise for 'atrocious' Esther McVey comments

Posted On: 
26th September 2016

Chuka Umunna has called on John McDonnell to apologise for an "atrocious" attack in which he described former Tory minister Esther McVey as "a stain on humanity".

Chuka Umunna says John McDonnell must apologise for his comments about Esther McVey
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The Shadow Chancellor also once recounted a comment in which someone said Ms McVey should be "lynched" during an angry outburst in 2014.

Appearing on ITV's Peston on Sunday programme yesterday morning, Mr McDonnell refused to apologise for the remarks, saying voters wanted honesty rather than spin from their politicians.

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He said: "I was angry. Sometimes you need to express honest anger."

On the same show, Ms McVey said Mr McDonnell was "a man who links violence with politics".

Former Shadow Business Secretary Mr Umunna told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "Of course John should apologise for using that sort of atrocious language about a fellow human being and particularly a woman.

"What kind of example does it set to members in our party when we know we have a problem with online abuse? We've got to raise our game. Is it really that hard to say sorry?"

Senior Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Tristram Hunt also attacked Mr McDonnell yesterday.