Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Cabinet comments ridiculed by former advisor to Tony Blair

'The shadow cabinet should be chosen by their peer group', says former advisor to Tony Blair

Jeremy Corbyn claims he wants party members to have a say on the shadow cabinet (Getty)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Labour party members are not there to do the job of MPs, says a former advisor to Tony Blair.

John McTernan was speaking to talkRADIO after Jeremy Corbyn claimed he would like Labour party members to have a say on members of the shadow cabinet.

The Labour leader said he only wants to allow MPs to have a say on the composition of his inner circle if the 500,000 members of the party also have input, at a meeting on Tuesday. The call has been labeled as “deeply divisive” by leadership candidate Owen Smith.

McTernan, now a political strategist and commentator, believes "The shadow cabinet should be chosen by their peer group, the Parliamentary Labour party.

"They're the ones that see them in a chamber, that know how well they perform.

"I don't think that asking the members to take a view on that is anything other than creating the conditions for a political slate.

"The Labour party membership don't know what they're doing, they're there to leaflet and campaign on the ground, they're not there to substitute their judgment for that of MPs.

"There's no chance the public will change their mind about Jeremy Corbyn, they've seen him for what he is which is somebody with extreme left politics."

Listen to the full interview to find out more