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The Waugh Zone November 21, 2016

He stressed that Benn was “a friend of mine” and had “a fantastic role to play”, but there was a ‘but coming’. “But we can’t interfere in local democracy in our party.” Although senior party figures have no role in local CLP issues, it’s hard to think of Gordon Brown or Ed Balls saying such a thing when they were Shadow Chancellor. Which is kinda the point, I suppose. Still, Jonathan Reynolds, the Shadow City Minister in McDonnell’s team, told Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last night that ex-Militant members of Momentum were “frankly unwelcome”. “There’s a lot going on within that brand,” he added.

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