Republican John McDonnell Backs Publicly-Funded £370m Restoration Of Buckingham Palace

Asked if the Queen should pay for the work – instead of the money coming from a 66% increase in the Sovereign Grant – the Press Association reported him saying: “She may well consider that.

“I am a republican but when it comes to decisions like that I think they are left to her.”

As a member of the Privy Council, Mr McDonnell is now entitled to be referred to as “Right Honourable” and receive top secret national security briefings.

Asked if he got down on “bended knee”, he replied: “I did the usual protocols.”

“I think you’re not supposed to talk about what happens… I’m not sure what the rules are. You can say I did the usual protocol – not far distant from the one you’re suggesting.”

Labour leader, and fellow republican, Jeremy Corbyn said after he joined the Privy Council last year: “We shook hands like two adults”, when asked if he had knelt before the Queen.


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