Lord Mann said Diane Abbott’s apology is ‘only half an apology’
Diane Abbott could be barred from standing as a Labour candidate at the next election. The veteran Labour MP and close ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended by the Parliamentary Labour Party at the weekend after a letter she wrote was published in the Observer comparing anti-Semitism to “prejudice against redheads.”
The row broke out after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pledged a zero tolerance over anti-Semitism after the issue plagued Labour under Corbyn’s leadership.
Ms Abbott has apologised for her letter saying she “disassociates” herself from its contents and insisted it was a first draft sent in erorr.
However, it has since emerged she emailed the letter to the publication on two separate occasions.
A prospective Labour candidate eyeing seats in London told Express.co.uk that candidates had been told privately to consider Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
The prospective candidate said: “We have been told to consider a number of seats. But Diane Abbott’s Hackney seat has come up as a possibility.
“I’ve been told to prepare for it if I am interested.
“A number of us are looking at what happens there, although I think there are a lot of local councillors in Hackney who are desperate to take her [Diane Abbott’s] place.”
Ms Abbott is currently suspended by the Labour party and is being investigated.
But the briefings suggest she could end up with the same fate as her friend Mr Corbyn who has been barred from standing for Labour again over allegations of anti-Semitism.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer condemned Ms Abbott’s letter and warned the sentiments had no place in the Labour Party.
Ms Abbott was the first black woman elected to Parliament and only the second black MP when she was returned in the 1987 election.
She ran for the leadership in 2010 and was Corbyn’s shadow Home Secretary after he won the Labour leadership in 2015.
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