John McDonnell says Labour's next leader should be a woman if Jeremy Corbyn gets 'hit by the number 57 bus' as he praises the 'fantastic female talent' within the party

  • John McDonnell ruled himself out of becoming Jeremy Corbyn's successor
  • He named four potential candidates of Rebecca Long Bailey, Angela Rayner, Emily Thornberry and Dawn Butler
  • He suggested any of the four could become Labour's first elected female leader

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said Labour's next leader should be a woman

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said Labour's next leader should be a woman

Labour's next leader should be a woman, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said.

Mr McDonnell ruled himself out of becoming Jeremy Corbyn's successor but highlighted a series of Labour MPs who could become the party's first elected female leader.

The shadow chancellor has also set out plans for a Labour government to offer 500,000 interest free loans a year for five years for the purchase of electric cars.

Speaking to The Times about his party's next leader, Mr McDonnell said: 'If Jeremy got hit by the No 57 bus, or whatever it is, there's the next generation coming through.

'And the reality is the next leader should be a woman. 

'It's high time to have a woman.'

Praising some of the female talent on the Labour benches he said: 'Becky (Long-Bailey), Angie (Rayner), Emily (Thornberry), you name it. Dawn Butler... They've just been fantastic.'

Mr McDonnell suggested that Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey could be the next Labour leader
He said that Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry was also in the running

Mr McDonnell suggested that Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey (left) could be the next Labour leader and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry (right) was also in the running

Mr McDonnell ruled himself out of becoming Jeremy Corbyn's successor

Mr McDonnell ruled himself out of becoming Jeremy Corbyn's successor

Labour party deputy leader Tom Watson (pictured) arrives for the Labour Party Conference at the Brighton Centre in East Sussex today

Tom Watson (pictured) is the current Labour party deputy leader. He is pictured arriving for the Labour Party Conference at the Brighton Centre in East Sussex today

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today, Mr McDonnell set out his plans to help encourage motorists to choose cleaner electric vehicles.

The loans of up to £33,000 will allow low- to middle-income households, those living in rural areas and small businesses to save on new electric cars.

A Labour government would cover the £1,500 cost of interest on a loan, with individuals saving up to £5,000 over time.

Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, Dawn Butler, was among the four women named
Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary for Education, was also in the running

Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, Dawn Butler (left), was also among the four women named as well as Shadow Secretary for Education Angela Rayner (right)

Mr McDonnell said: 'This will stimulate the automotive industry, it will sustain jobs in the conversion from fossil fuels to electric but actually it will create new jobs as well.

'So this is beneficial in terms of the climate, it is beneficial for those people who want to convert their carbon-fuel powered car into an electric vehicle that is sustainable.

'At same time it will help support the automotive industry and create jobs. Those jobs are in areas where we have had real issues, particularly with Brexit.' 

John McDonnell says Labour's next leader should be a woman if Corbyn gets 'hit by the number 57 bus'

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