John McDonnell

John Martin McDonnell (born 8 September 1951) is a British politician who served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2015 to 2020. A member of the Labour Party, he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Hayes and Harlington since 1997.


John McDonnell

McDonnell at the 2016 Labour Party Conference
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
13 September 2015  5 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byChris Leslie
Succeeded byAnneliese Dodds
Member of Parliament
for Hayes and Harlington
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byTerry Dicks
Majority9,261 (21.1%)
Deputy Leader of the Greater London Council
In office
7 May 1984  7 May 1985
LeaderKen Livingstone
Preceded byIlltyd Harrington
Succeeded byMichael Ward
Member of the Greater London Council
for Hayes and Harlington
In office
7 May 1981  31 March 1986
LeaderHorace Cutler
Ken Livingstone
Preceded byA. H. S. Hull
Succeeded byCouncil abolished
Majority4,346 (17.1%)[1]
Personal details
Born
John Martin McDonnell

(1951-09-08) 8 September 1951 (age 70)
Liverpool, England
Political partyLabour
Other political
affiliations
Socialist Campaign Group
Spouse(s)
Marilyn Jean Cooper
(m. 1971; div. 1987)

Cynthia Marie Pinto
(m. 1995)
Children3
EducationGreat Yarmouth Grammar School
St Joseph's College, Ipswich
Burnley Technical College[2]
Alma materBrunel University (BSc)
Birkbeck, University of London (MSc)
WebsiteOfficial website

McDonnell served as chair of the Socialist Campaign Group in Parliament and Labour Representation Committee; he also chaired the Public Services Not Private Profit Group. He is also parliamentary convenor of the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group of eight left-wing trade unions representing over half a million workers. McDonnell attempted to stand for the position of Labour Party leader following Tony Blair's resignation in 2007, but failed to get enough nominations.[3] He was a candidate for the party leadership again in 2010 following Gordon Brown's resignation after Labour's electoral defeat,[4] but withdrew in favour of Diane Abbott, feeling that he would be unable to secure enough nominations.[5]

Alongside Jeremy Corbyn, McDonnell has been seen as a key figure on the left-wing of the party.[6] Following Corbyn's election as Labour leader in 2015, he appointed McDonnell to his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Shadow Chancellor, McDonnell pledged to increase spending on infrastructure and research, describing his vision for the economy as "socialism with an iPad".[7]