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John McDonnell voices strong opposition to welfare reform and work bill

What: McDonnell says he would “swim through vomit” to vote against it, adding “And listening to some of the nauseating speeches in support of it, I might have to.”

Why significant: He is among 48 Labour MPs who defy acting Labour leader Harriet Harman’s order to abstain, choosing instead to stand up for the millions of people who would be hit by the further £12 billion that the legislation was designed to cut.


'Welfare Reform and Work Bill Volume 598: debated', 2015