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McVey's dismay as Labour 'lynching' row is reignited

By Jon Craig, Chief Political Correspondent
Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey has spoken of her "dismay" at a call for her to be "lynched" and John McDonnell's refusal to apologise for repeating it.
The new Work and Pensions Secretary told MPs that Labour only resorted to personal attacks and linked politics with violence because it had no "workable policies"."I was greatly dismayed, obviously, by the comments from the Opposition and the personal attacks that I have suffered," Ms McVey said during questions from MPs on pensions."But I always know that people only do personal attacks when they don't have workable policies that they can put forward and therefore it links politics with violence, what we don't need."And it also shows there was no workable policies from the Opposition."Ms McVey spoke out after Mr McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, reignited a long-running row over the "lynch" call - made by a comedian on Merseyside in 2014 - in a TV interview on Sunday.
McVey's dismay as Labour 'lynching' row is reignited

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Ms McVey was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary earlier this month
Asked if he would apologise to Ms McVey, Mr McDonnell replied: "I said then I did not support what was happening. Of course I didn't support that."He added: "It is for those people who made that statement if they wish to make that apology."Mr McDonnell, who has repeatedly refused to apologise to Ms McVey, triggered the row with comments he made at a Stop The War event on Remembrance Sunday in 2014.
He said: "I was up in Liverpool a fortnight ago where Alec McFadden, one of our organisers, launched the Sack Esther McVey Day on her birthday."I spoke at a packed public meeting. There was a whole group in the audience that completely kicked off quite critical of the whole concept, because they were arguing 'Why are we sacking her? Why aren't we lynching the bastard?'"Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom tweeted a link last week to an audio clip of Mr McDonnell repeating the "lynching" call and said: "This is truly evil. Utterly disgusting."The laughter about launching a campaign against Esther McVey on her birthday, and then the guffaws about killing her. Seriously? Is this Jeremy Corbyn's kinder, gentler politics? This has to stop."
McVey's dismay as Labour 'lynching' row is reignited

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At the time of Mr McDonnell's comments, Ms McVey was a minister at the DWP and became a hate figure for the left after being accused by political opponents of cutting benefits paid to disabled people.She lost her Wirral West seat in the 2015 general election but returned to the Commons as MP for George Osborne's old seat of Tatton in last year's election and was promoted to the Cabinet earlier this month.
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In another TV interview this month, Jeremy Corbyn was challenged about Mr McDonnell's comments and replied: "I would rather stick to where I disagree with somebody on their policies. "I fundamentally disagree with Esther McVey and her approach towards inequality and the poor and the worst off in our society, and I will stick to that."
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