John McDonnell: Labour MPs should not fear party activists

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Shadow chancellor dismisses idea Labour has been infiltrated by hardliners

Labour MPs have nothing to fear from activists criticising their performance, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has said, arguing that a recent spate of no-confidence motions is little different to what has always happened in the party.

Speaking before an address to the TUC where he will call for more rights for casual workers in the so-called gig economy, McDonnell said he was against attempts to impose mandatory reselection for Labour MPs, but that people should not overreact.

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