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Sir Keir Starmer has distanced himself from Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner and refused to say if he would love Diane Abbott to face within the normal election.

The Labour chief broke with Ms Rayner and declined to present a view on whether or not the veteran left-winger needs to be allowed to run as a Labour candidate.

A day earlier, the Labour deputy stated “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”.

Sir Keir Starmer refused to say if he would like to see Diane Abbott stand
Sir Keir Starmer refused to say if he wish to see Diane Abbott stand (Getty)

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 unfavourable briefings to newspapers about Ms Abbott from senior Labour sources.

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

Asked by BBC Radio Scotland for his personal view on whether or not Ms Abbott needs to be allowed to run for Labour on 4 July, Sir Keir stated a choice can be made by the social gathering’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).

“Diane Abbott has had the whip returned to her, no decision has been taken to bar her from standing and the NEC will come to a decision in due course,” he stated.

Asked if he would love her to be a candidate, Sir Keir added: “Ultimately, that will be a matter for the NEC but no decision has been taken.”

Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner has defended Diane Abbott
Labour Party deputy chief Angela Rayner has defended Diane Abbott (PA Wire)

He additionally praised the MP – the primary Black lady to be elected to the Commons – as a “trailblazer”.

Despite heaping reward on Ms Abbott, he refused to comply with Ms Rayner in giving a private view on whether or not he wish to see her proceed as a Labour MP.

Ms Abbott was given the Labour whip again this week, but it surely was briefed out that she can be “barred” from working as a Labour candidate within the normal election.

It had been instructed she was planning to retire, however at a rally in help of her on Wednesday Ms Abbott declared that she would stand for parliament once more.

Unions have backed Ms Abbott, with TUC president Matt Wrack warning in opposition to double requirements being utilized.

Ms Abbott had the Labour whip returned this week
Ms Abbott had the Labour whip returned this week (PA Wire)

Mr Wrack, who can be the Fire Brigades Union normal secretary, stated: “Diane Abbott is a powerful, popular advocate for Labour. She and other candidates have been treated in an appalling manner.

“There are clearly double standards in how they have been treated as left-wingers and as women of colour when compared to more centrist MPs.”

Ms Abbott stated on Thursday she has met with main commerce unionists who’ve supplied her their backing to be a Labour candidate at a gathering subsequent week of Labour’s NEC.

The deadline for the social gathering to rubber stamp its normal election candidates is 4 June.