Labour Was Ahead In The Polls Before Leadership Challenge, Claims John McDonnell

John McDonnell has said there is an “open door” for any Labour MPs to come back and serve in the shadow cabinet following Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader.

The shadow chancellor said this morning there would not be a reshuffle until the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meets to decide whether to re-introduce elections to the frontbench.

However a source close to Corbyn told The Huffington Post that McDonnell was wrong and a reshuffle would take place before the NEC decision. 

McDonnell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he would like to see “virtually all” the MPs who quit the Labour frontbench ahead of the leadership contest return. “Anyone who has resigned, this is an open door, we have asked them to come back,” he said.

But speaking to party members at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool last night, he attacked the MPs who had tried to oust Corbyn.

“This coup was not about our performance, this was about the establishment basically saying to all of you, how dare you elect a socialist as leader of the Labour Party,” he said.

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