14/09/2015 05:38 BST | Updated 14/09/2015 06:59 BST

John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn's New Shadow Chancellor, In His Six Most Controversial Quotes

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John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, talks to the media outside the Houses of Parliament, London, following his suspension from the Commons for five days after he picked up the mace during heated exchanges on the Government's decision to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow.

Jeremy Corbyn has revealed his controversial choice for the person charged with hammering home Labour's new anti-austerity narrative and sweeping changes to the party's economic policies.

Serial rebel and campaign manager John McDonnell, appointed to the shadow chancellor brief late on Sunday evening, has divided opinion amongst both colleagues and pundits for previous comments made on topics ranging from the IRA to the state of capitalism in Britain.

McDonnell will be charged with translating the anti-austerity message into vote-winning policies as shadow chancellor, while several senior figures who served under Ed Miliband either refused positions or were not offered jobs - including Chuka Umunna.

Corbyn also appointed Angela Eagle as shadow first secretary of state amid accusations of sexism after he handed the top jobs in his shadow cabinet to men.

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Labour MP Diana Johnson hit out at "old fashioned male-dominated Labour politics" after Andy Burnham, the only one of Corbyn's three leadership rivals not to refuse to join his frontbench team, was named shadow home secretary, Hilary Benn was kept on as shadow foreign secretary, the fourth of the most senior roles, and veteran Blairite Lord Falconer was given the justice brief.

  • Shadow chancellor - John McDonnell
  • Shadow foreign secretary - Hilary Benn
  • Shadow home secretary - Andy Burnham
  • Shadow business secretary - Angela Eagle
  • Shadow health secretary - Heidi Alexander
  • Shadow justice secretary - Lord Falconer
  • Shadow education secretary - Lucy Powell
  • Shadow international development secretary - Diane Abbott
  • Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury - Seema Malhotra
  • Chief whip - Rosie Winterton

In lieu of the veteran MP's appointment to the top Corbyn cabinet post, we reveal McDonnell's six most contentious comments.

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