John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been criticised for quoting Chairman Mao in his response to the annual spending review. It is thought that up to 60 million Chinese died due to the economic policies of Mao Tse-tung.
Chris Leslie, Labour’s previous Shadow Chancellor said after McDonnell’s comments that it was “a misjudged stunt”.
Chuka Umunna, Labour’s former Shadow Business Secretary said:
“I haven’t quoted a Communist before and I have no intention of doing so in the future”.
During questioning by the BBC McDonnell didn’t apologise but said about the former Chinese leader:
“I condemn all that”.