John McDonnell claims 'whole media establishment' is out to destroy Jeremy Corbyn

The Shadow Chancellor said criticism of Jeremy Corbyn in the press was down to 'oligarchs protecting their power base'

Tom Peck
Saturday 04 March 2017 10:34
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Labour's Shadow Chancellor also said the left-leaning media are not giving Mr Corbyn 'a fair ride'
Labour's Shadow Chancellor also said the left-leaning media are not giving Mr Corbyn 'a fair ride'

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said the "whole media establishment" is out to destroy Jeremy Corbyn, with the Labour leader facing a "360-degree struggle to survive."

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr McDonnell criticised "oligarchs protecting their power base", but also criticised some traditionally left-leaning mediafor not giving the Labour leader a "fair ride".

Mr McDonnell said defeat in Copeland had brought the party to the "cliff-edge", but now it was time for the party to unite and defend Mr Corbyn from media criticism.

"Jeremy Corbyn is trying to transform our society so that it is radically more equal, radically more fair, radically more democratic," he said.

"The whole media establishment (is) owned by people whose power is entrenched.

"They are trying to destroy a socialist who is trying to transfer power from the establishment to the people. That is their job to do. The oligarchs are protecting their power base."

He also told The Guardian it had become "part of the New Labour establishment".

"As a result of that, you feel dispossessed because your people are no longer in power," he said.

Leaked data published by The Times on Friday indicated 26,000 members had quit Labour since the summer, but the party membership remains around the 500,000 mark. Mr McDonnell said the figures were "mostly seasonal or the result of the lapsing of members."

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to address an NHS rally on Saturday morning.

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