John McDonnell: ‘If anyone’s to blame, it’s me’
“Let me make it clear, it’s on me, I’ll take it on the chin,” Mr McDonnell has told Andrew Marr. “Let me apologise to all those wonderful Labour MPs who’ve lost their seats. Let me apologise to all our campaigners, but most of all I apologise to all those people who desperately need a Labour government.
“If anyone’s to blame, it’s me – full stop.”
Defending his party’s decision to back a second referendum, which he admitted had failed, he said of backing either Leave or Remain: “Either way we were going to be hammered.”
Asked about Jeremy Corbyn’s unpopularity on the doorstep, he said: “The media did a number on Jeremy for four years every day … they transposed someone I know as a man of honesty and principle into someone demonised in a way no other politician on this scale has been done before and I deeply regret that.”