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‘Elections aren’t working for us – we want to bring this Government down’: Corbyn’s deputy John McDonnell is caught on video vowing to seize power from the Tories through ‘insurrection’

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John McDonnell’s campaign to seize power through ‘insurrection’ is exposed by the Daily Mail today.

Labour‘s Shadow Chancellor has spent the past three months at rallies and on picket lines inciting union members to ‘drive the Tories from office’.

Industrial action must however relate to work disputes and coordinating strikes solely to overthrow a government is almost certainly illegal.

Mr McDonnell, who is Jeremy Corbyn’s closest political ally, appears to have been plotting anti-democratic action for as long as four years.

Video footage obtained by the Mail from 2013 shows him using the word insurrection – defined in the Oxford Dictionary as ‘a violent uprising’.

‘Parliamentary democracy doesn’t work for us, elections aren’t working for us,’ he told hard-Left comrades. ‘We used to call it insurrection. Now we’re polite and say it’s direct action. Let’s get back to calling it what it is: It’s insurrection. We want to bring this Government down by whatever mechanism we have.

‘If that means urging unions to coordinate their action, let’s do it. If that means calling every community organisation to demonstrate on the same day to bring this country to a standstill, let’s start organising for it now.’

Although he has been more careful with his words since becoming Mr Corbyn’s deputy, Mr McDonnell has been calling for mass action on the streets. He told concert-goers at Glastonbury that democracy was not working.

The Mail Investigations Unit reveals today that Labour deputy leader John McDonnell has spent the three months since the election making sure it ¿all kicks off¿ on picket lines

The Mail Investigations Unit reveals today that Labour deputy leader John McDonnell has spent the three months since the election making sure it ‘all kicks off’ on picket lines

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘He and his crew are dangerous anti-democratic Marxists trying to achieve through the mob what they failed to achieve democratically through the ballot box.’