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Keir Starmer should ‘consider position’ if fined by police, says Diane Abbott

Sir Keir Starmer should “consider his position” as Labour leader if he is fined as part of a police inquiry into a takeaway meal with colleagues, former shadow minister Diane Abbott has said.Durham Constabulary is investigating claims that an event attended by Sir Keir along with other senior party figures and activists while campaigning last year might have broken local Covid regulations.“I think if he actually gets a fixed penalty notice he really has to consider his position,” Ms Abbott, a left-wing critic of Sir Keir’s leadership, told LBC.The former shadow home secretary, who served under Jeremy Corbyn, added:...
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Diane Abbott hits back at 'sexist' Daily Mail journalist in the most savage way

MP Diane Abbott has hit back at the Daily Mail journalist who penned a misogynistic article about deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner.Last weekend, The Mail on Sunday printed an article claiming that some Tories have accused the deputy leader of the opposition of crossing and uncrossing her legs to distract Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Commons.The journalist in the story compared Rayner’s alleged tactics to Sharon Stone’s famous scene in the 1992 thriller film Basic Instinct.The piece was heavily condemned for being sexist and classist. The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne herself said she was “overwhelmed” and “really down” after the...
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A London park could be renamed in honour of Diane Abbott

Labour MP Diane Abbott’s name is among the suggestions to rebrand Gladstone Park following a slavery review by its Labour-run council. The park in Dollis Hill was named after the former Liberal prime minister William Gladstone in 1899. The park’s name may be changed after a local-government-led review of...
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Ukraine war: Diane Abbott on lack for help for Calais refugees

Home Secretary Priti Patel should address the "cruel and chaotic way" that Ukrainian refugees heading to the UK are being treated, Diane Abbott has said. The Labour MP asked the foreign secretary if she thought redirecting applicants to Paris and Brussels brought the UK into disrepute. Liz Truss replied that...
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Diane Abbott MP: Ministers waiting for Windrush generation to die

A Labour MP said it was not too late for the Home Office to listen to criticism and speed up compensation payments to the Windrush generation. Diane Abbott said some ministers did not respect those involved or understand the humiliation they had faced, but were "waiting for this generation to pass away".
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Boris Johnson Should Get A ‘Massive Soundsystem’ For ‘All These Parties’, Says MP Diane Abbott

Earlier this week, reports emerged of another party at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence during the national lockdown. Allegedly, Downing Street personnel were invited to a drinks reception in the Number 10 garden to “make the most out of the magnificent weather.” ITV News obtained an email that exclusively revealed the first evidence of a party on May 20, 2020, when the rest of the UK was prohibited from meeting more than one person outside.
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Live Politics latest news: Keir Starmer isn't listening to his party, claims Diane Abbott, as members set to vote on minimum wage

Sir Keir Starmer has been told to stop listening to "problem" advisers such as Peter Mandelson and start listening to "the grassroots a bit more", a senior Labour MP has said. Diane Abbott, former shadow home secretary, defended Andy McDonald's decision to resign from the shadow cabinet last night, despite it plunging the party into another civil war.
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“I Just Wanted To Change The World”: Vogue Meets Labour MP Diane Abbott

There is a tiny wine bar near where Diane Abbott lives in east London that hosts no more than six customers at a time, and serves only bread and cheese to soak up the booze. The Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington arrives with minimal fuss, sliding into a corner with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. She is slighter and quieter than the Abbott you know from TV, dressed head-to-toe in navy and wearing a slick of black-cherry lipstick. The lighting is dim, the scene seems set for a conspiratorial gossip. Abbott is unconvinced.
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People think Diane Abbott predicted Michael Gove’s divorce and they are freaking out

People think Diane Abbott predicted Michael Gove’s divorce and they are thoroughly confused. Writing on Twitter last week, after Matt Hancock resigned as Health Secretary after admitting to breaking social distancing rules, the Labour MP posted a cryptic message about Gove and alluded that there could be trouble in his marriage that would prevent him from replacing Hancock. She said:
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Keir Starmer should go if Labour lose Batley by-election, Diane Abbott says

Keir Starmer should stand down as Labour leader if the party loses the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election, senior members of Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench have suggested.Diane Abbott said that failure in the West Yorkshire stronghold should spell “curtains” for Starmer, following the humiliating loss of HartlepoolAnd she suggested that the party’s left could swing behind Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham as an alternative leader.Meanwhile, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who lost out on the Labour succession to Starmer in 2020, said there would have to be “serious discussions” about the leadership if Batley and Spen falls to Tories.No date has yet...
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Losing byelection would be ‘curtains’ for Keir Starmer, says Diane Abbott

Keir Starmer should resign if Labour loses the Batley and Spen byelection, the former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has said, suggesting the party’s left wing would endorse a leadership run by Andy Burnham. Her intervention comes as Sadiq Khan became the second prominent Labour mayor to reach out to...
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Diane Abbott: Batley and Spen loss would be ‘curtains’ for Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer should resign if Labour loses a forthcoming by-election in a key "Red Wall" seat, Diane Abbott said as she suggested Andy Burnham could replace him. The former shadow home secretary on Wednesday became the latest Jeremy Corbyn ally to suggest Sir Keir should quit if he failed to turn things around, warning that losing in Batley and Spen "must surely be curtains for him".
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Meghan could help black women shed harmful 'strong' trope, says Diane Abbott

The Labour MP Diane Abbott and leading campaigners hope the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is a watershed moment that encourages black and mixed-race women to be open about their mental health struggles. The trope of the “strong black woman”, which campaigners say is deeply ingrained in society,...
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