Corbyn’s most senior ally, his shadow chancellor John McDonnell, retorted by predicting Labour MPs’ divisions would heal after the leadership election was over.
“What I hope happens at the end of this election campaign, that phrase ‘what’s said on tour, remains on tour’ I think will apply,” he told the BBC’s Pienaar’s Politics.
“Once the decision is made, the ballot is cast and we have the count, I think Labour MPs, the vast bulk of them and the vast bulk of our membership, the whole of the movement, I think, will unite behind the new leader.”
McDonnell added that he hoped Owen Smith would re-join the shadow cabinet if the challenger failed in his pursuit to become leader.
“I have always looked upon him as a mate, I have always looked upon him as someone who is incredibly talented and someone who could, I think, make a major contribution,” he said.
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