'Mr McDonnell has praised the actions of thousands of students who took to the streets in 2011 to protest against plans to increase tuition fees.Mr McDonnell has condoned or justified violence throughout his career in Parliament, it emerged this morning.At least three times between 2010 and 2012, he called for 'insurrection' to 'bring down' the government.At a Liverpool conference on March 10 2012, he said:
'There's three ways in which we change society.
'One is through the ballot box, the democratic process and into Parliament.The second is trade union action, industrial action.
The third is basically insurrection, but we now call it direct action'.Don't expect that change [to society] coming from Parliament…we have an elected dictatorship, so I think we have a democratic right to use whatever means to bring this government down. The real fight now is in our communities, it's on the picket lines, it's in the streets.'In a speech in 2011 to a Right-to-Protest rally, he praised rioters who had 'kicked the s***' out of the Conservative Party's headquarters at Millbank Tower in Westminster.And at a 'Lancashire Against Cuts' rally the same year, he defended the student jailed for hurling a fire extinguisher at police from the building's seventh-floor roof, saying he had been 'victimised.'Mr McDonnell said: 'That kid didn't deserve 36 months (sic). Actually, he's not the criminal. The real criminals are the ones that are cutting the education services and increasing the fees… We've got to encourage the direct action, [in] any form it can possibly take.' '
'Speaking on the BBC One Andrew Marr programme, Mr Corbyn defended his shadow chancellor's remarks - revealed in a Sunday Telegraph investigation.He said : 'I think the point John was making is that was at the end of a student demonstration and this person threw a fire extinguisher from a roof - which was a stupid, absolutely wrong thing to do. I think that and I think John does as well.'I think the sentence he got was possibly disproportionate to the crime he committed and I think that is the fundamental point about it.'Mr Corbyn added: 'The coalition government was elected by a minority, as this government has been.'It's not words I use myself, I prefer to fight people in parliamentary terms. I don't believe in any kind of dictatorship, actually, elected or otherwise.'