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Diane Abbott Launches Bitter Assault On Keir Starmer Over ‘Anti-Semitism’ Row Categorical Occasions

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Diane Abbott has accused Keir Starmer of waging a marketing campaign to cease her standing on the subsequent election.

The veteran MP launched an outspoken assault on the Labour management 5 months after she was booted out of the occasion amid an anti-semitism row.

Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, misplaced the Labour whip in April after she wrote a letter to The Observer claiming Jewish, Irish and Traveller individuals have by no means been “topic to racism”.

Starmer later described her feedback as “anti-semitic” and accused her or arguing there’s a “hierarchy of racism”.

The previous shadow residence secretary apologised “unreservedly” for any “anguish” and stated she withdrew the feedback.

On the time, Labour stated it was launching an investigation into the affair.

However in an announcement revealed on X (previously Twitter) in the present day, Abbott stated the probe was “fraudulent”.

She stated: “I used to be instructed by the chief whip to ‘actively have interaction’ with an investigation.

“However the Labour whips are not concerned – it’s now run completely out of the Labour Get together HQ, which reviews to Keir Starmer — and there’s no investigation.

“This is identical Keir Starmer who nearly instantly pronounced my guilt publicly. This fully undermines any thought that there’s equity or any pure justice. It’s procedurally improper.”

She added: “The Labour Get together has not charged me with anti-semitism as a result of they know it’s unfaithful. As somebody who has fought all types of racism all my life, I’d contemplate it a really severe allegation. As an alternative, it has been used to smear me, my fame, and a long time of anti-racist work.”

Abbott stated she had remained silent till now “within the hope that some sense of decency, and recognition of the tenets of pure justice would possibly prevail”.

However she stated: “The Labour Get together disciplinary machine has clearly proven that it has little curiosity in both.”

Abbott additionally accused the Labour management of seizing management of her native constituency occasion.

“In impact, the Labour equipment has decapitated the elected management of the constituency occasion to put in its personal, hand-picked personnel and substitute me because the candidate previous to the following election,” she stated.

“That is what some have clearly wished all alongside. Taken collectively, the procedural impropriety, Starmer’s pronouncement of my guilt, the four-month delay within the investigation, the repeated refusal to attempt to attain any lodging, all level within the path that the decision has already been reached.”

The MP, who was first elected 40 years in the past, added: “I’m the longest serving black MP. But there’s a widespread sentiment that as a black lady, and somebody on the left of the Labour Get together, that I cannot get a good listening to from this Labour management.”

Labour have been approached for remark.

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