JOHN McDonnell sparked anger last night by branding Sir Winston Churchill a “villain”.
Labour’s shadow chancellor attacked the great wartime leader in front of a shocked crowd in Westminster.
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Wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, who helped the world defeat Nazism[/caption]
He said Sir Winston was a “villain” because he sent troops in to put down the Tonypandy riots in south Wales in 1910.
But Conservatives lined up to condemn the Marxist Labour MP – pointing out we would be speaking German if he had not crushed Hitler.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen lashed the Labour frontbencher for his remarks.
He told The Sun: “It is disappointing but not surprising from John McDonnell.
“Most Brits would think that Winston Churchill is the finest Prime Minister that this country has ever had.
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“Without him we would not have defeated Nazism and we would all be speaking German now. And so would the rest of Europe.
“I wonder how history will view John McDonnell.”
Sir Winston was Home Secretary when he authorised troops being sent in to Tonypandy to quell the unrest of rioting coal miners.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “The Tonypandy incident was one of maintaining order during an industrial dispute and was in support of police.
“It was not a random act of sending troops into Tonypandy.
“We live in a free world thanks to Winston Churchill, and Marxists don’t like freedom.”
Sir Winston is regularly named Britain’s greatest Prime Minister in polls.
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