Diane Abbott says she’s been barred from standing as Labour MP at election


Diane Abbott has told the BBC she has been barred from standing for Labour at the general election.

The former shadow home secretary was suspended in April 2023 after saying Jewish, Irish and Traveller people do not face racism “all their lives”.

On Tuesday it was revealed her suspension had been lifted following an investigation.

But she told the BBC she will not be allowed to stand for the party in her Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat.

Labour has not yet said who its candidate will be in the constituency, which had a Labour majority of more than 33,000 at the last election.

The party is currently selecting remaining candidates ahead of a meeting to endorse them next week, before nominations legally close on 7 June.

In a post on X, Ms Abbott said she was “delighted” to have been readmitted to the parliamentary party.

“I will be campaigning for a Labour victory,” she said.

“But I am very dismayed that numerous reports suggest I have been barred as a candidate.”

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said he was glad the suspension had been lifted.

He told BBC Breakfast the comments which led to her suspension were “wrong” but she had apologised and that had “clearly been accepted”.

He added: “I am not up to speed with the latest decisions around Diane Abbott. My understanding was that the National Executive Committee hasn’t yet taken decisions on approving candidates across the country so I’m hearing this for the first time.”

A spokesperson for left-wing campaign group Momentum said: “We are sickened and disgusted by this news – the way Keir Starmer has treated Britain’s first Black woman MP is appalling, vindictive and cruel.”

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