Diane Abbott is ‘free’ to face for Labour on the whole election, Keir Starmer says | EUROtoday

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Diane Abbott is “free” to face as a Labour candidate within the common election, Sir Keir Starmer has mentioned.

After days of forwards and backwards about whether or not the veteran MP could be blocked, the Labour chief confirmed she is going to be capable of contest the election as a Labour candidate.

Sir Keir instructed reporters: “The whip has obviously been restored to her now and she is free to go forward as a Labour candidate.”

Diane Abbott is ‘free’ to stand as a candidate in the election, Sir Keir Starmer has said (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Diane Abbott is ‘free’ to face as a candidate within the election, Sir Keir Starmer has mentioned (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)

He praised the Labour veteran as a “trailblazer”, saying: “Diane Abbott was elected in 1987, the first black woman MP.

“She has carved a path for different individuals to come back into politics and public life.”

He had previously refused to say whether Ms Abbot would be defending her Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat on July 4, as he faced claims of a “purge” of left-wing candidates.

Ms Abbott was suspended from Labour last year after she suggested Jewish, Irish and Traveller people experience prejudice, but not racism, sparking a long-running process which saw her sit as an Independent MP.

She had the Labour whip restored this week, but it was briefed out that she might be “barred” from operating for the get together within the General Election.

Labour sources mentioned Ms Abbott would be the Labour candidate in her long-held constituency and Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee is predicted to help her candidacy.

Party staffers have been livid on the Labour chief for permitting the row to rumble on, overshadowing a lot of the protection of Labour’s election marketing campaign for the previous week.

The dramatic u-turn got here after Sir Keir’s deputy Angela Rayner mentioned Ms Abbott ought to be allowed to face – in a break with the get together chief.

Ms Rayner had mentioned “as the deputy leader of the Labour Party… I don’t see any reason why Diane Abbott can’t stand as a Labour MP going forward”.

She heaped reward on Ms Abbott, describing her as an inspiration and a trailblazer. And Ms Rayner appeared to take goal at Sir Keir and his inside circle, stressing that she is “not happy” about destructive briefings to newspapers about Ms Abbott from senior Labour sources.

“I don’t think that is how we should conduct ourselves,” she instructed ITV.

Until Friday Sir Keir had deflected questions on whether or not Ms Abbott ought to be allowed to face, saying it’s a determination for Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).

He insisted “no decision has been taken”, although it was extensively anticipated she could be blocked.

The Conservatives instantly sought to capitalise on the chaos, claiming Sir Keir is being pushed round by left-winger Ms Rayner. “Under pressure, he’s showing he’s a weak leader who’s losing control of the Labour Party,” a Conservative Party spokesman mentioned.