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Diane Abbott may take a leaf out of Jeremy Corbyn’s e-book by opting to face in opposition to Labour as an impartial in a transfer which might pose a major headache for chief Sir Keir Starmer, pollster Sir John Curtice has instructed.

However, the Professor of Politics on the University of Strathclyde additionally claimed Sir Keir may additionally see the row over Ms Abbott’s ban from standing once more as a chance to show that his get together has modified.

Ms Abbott yesterday had the Labour whip restored after it was suspended following her declare that Irish, Jewish and Traveller folks “have not faced racism all their lives”.

However, posting on X immediately, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, Ms Abbott, stated she had been left “dismayed” by options that she wouldn’t be capable to stand once more for the constituency she has represented for 37 years.

Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News immediately, Health Secretary Wes Streeting immediately referred to as Ms Abbott a “trailblazer” however added that it was a “decision for the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee” whether or not she will be able to stand. Sir Keir has denied she has particularly been barred.

Sir John advised Express.co.uk any determination to freeze out Ms Abbott would trigger “significant upset to a section of Labour activists and a section of Labor’s core vote”.

Speaking about Sir Keir’s predecessor as chief, who’s planning to run in his Islington North seat, regardless of having been stripped of the Labour whip, Sir John stated it could be a mistake to “underestimate his chances”.

As for Ms Abbott, he continued: “It’s a very safe seat so she might, she might succeed.”

Sir John additionally instructed the Labour management was trying to show the scenario to its benefit.

He defined: “Wes Streeting basically tacitly admitted that the point of all of this is is a way of signifying to the broader electorate that the Labour Party has changed.

“So the Labour Party will take the view whatever this creates amongst its core vote is worth it relative to being able to underline the message that they think is crucial to their ability to be in a position to win the election, which is telling people that we have changed.”

Nevertheless, requested whether or not bitter battles within the two neighbouring constituencies represented a headache for Sir Keir, Sir John agreed.

He stated: “Certainly in Corbyn’s case, it’s a safe Labour seat so if he can get slightly more than half the Labour vote he could win.

“Shall we say I wouldn’t be entirely surprised.”

Bookmaker Betfair is downbeat on Ms Abbott’s prospects had been she to decide to throw her hat into the ring providing odds of 6/4 on her profitable, with 1/2 on her being defeated.

However, Mr Corbyn’s prospects are considerably rosier, defined spokesman Sam Rosbottom.

He defined: “Despite being solid out of the Labour Party, Betfair punters are backing Jeremy Corbyn to stay the MP for Islington North at 8/15 (65 p.c likelihood) in comparison with 13/8 (35 p.c likelihood) for the official Labour candidate.

While Keir Starmer seeks to point out the Labour Party has moved on, there are many former Labour stalwarts prepared to be a thorn in his facet within the run-up to the General Election.