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Encyclopedia > John McDonnell

John Martin McDonnell (born on September 8, 1951) is a British politician and Labour Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington. He was Ken Livingstone's deputy leader of the Greater London Council, and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has a huge interest in anything to do with the Irish and demands that he be expelled from the Labour Party for making comments that seemed to justify IRA atrocities for which he offered a faint and implausible defense were denied without commenyt by Tony Blair: September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Labour Party is the principal centrist/centre-left political party in the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... Hayes and Harlington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Ken Livingstone Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born June 17, 1945), is a British local government leader. ... The Greater London Council (GLC) was the top-tier local government administrative body for Greater London from 1965 to its abolition in 1986. ... The Socialist Campaign Group is a left wing grouping of Labour Party Members of Parliament in the UK. The group is generally Eurosceptic and has many socially conservative members. ... The name Labour Party or Labor Party is used by several political parties around the world. ... The main nick name of these taig bastards is Coward Scum and wish they were half as good as S/Londonderry UVF IRA is an acronym with several different meanings. ... The Right Honourable Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service. ...

(In 2003, when addressing IRA/Sinn Fein supporters at London's "Wolfe Tone Society", he made the following comments):

  • "We are in the last stage of the imperialist intervention in Ireland and only [the IRA's] armed struggle has stopped it."
  • "It is about time we started honouring those people involved in that armed struggle. "
  • "It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. "
  • "The peace we have now is due to the unilateral action of the IRA. "

It is not known if he is a Roman Catholic, although he did not attend Catholic schools.

He is also a Eurosceptic, and has voted against the government many times. Euroscepticism is scepticism about, or disagreement with, the purposes of the European Union, sometimes coupled with a desire to preserve national sovereignty. ...

He is one of the signatories to Tony Banks' "Pigeon Bombs" Early Day Motion. Anthony Louis Tony Banks, Baron Stratford (born 8 April 1943) is a British politician and Labour Party member of the House of Lords. ...

External links

  • John McDonnell MP official site
  • ePolitix - John McDonnell MP
  • Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: John McDonnell MP
  • TheyWorkForYou.com - John McDonnell MP
  • The Public Whip - John McDonnell MP voting record
  • BBC News - John McDonnell profile 10 February, 2005

  Results from FactBites:
Weekly Worker 483 Thursday June 5 2003 (557 words)
The speech of John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington and chair of the Labour Party’s Irish Society, which he delivered to the Connolly memorial rally on Saturday May 24, finally began to catch up with him almost a week later.
Trimble called for McDonnell to be expelled from the Labour Party - an action that was not ruled out by an unnamed Labour spokesperson, who said: “These comments do not represent the views of the Labour Party [which] condemns unreservedly all atrocities perpetrated by the IRA and other paramilitaries.
McDonnell may believe that we are in “the last stage of imperialist intervention”, but the British government seems determined to continue controlling Northern Ireland for as long as it can get away with it.
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