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Left-wing Labor MPs ‘proposed peers to stop them running again’ amid row with Abbott

Left-wing Labor MPs ‘proposed peers to stop them running again’ amid row with Abbott

June 1, 2024, 11:41 p.m.

Diane Abbott is "free" stand as Labor candidate in general election, Sir Keir Starmer says

Diane Abbott is “free” to stand as a Labor candidate in the general election, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

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Left-wing Labor MPs have been offered peers to prevent them from getting re-elected, according to reports.

Labor MPs speaking to the Sunday Times say they are being offered seats in the House of Lords to allow allies of leader Sir Keir Starmer to take their place.

It comes after Sir Keir was accused of orchestrating a left-wing purge of his party when Diane Abbott, the first ever black woman elected to Parliament, appeared to be blocked from standing.

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After days of speculation over whether Ms Abbott could contest the seats of Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Sir Keir confirmed on Friday that she was “free” to stand as a Labor candidate in the July 4 general election.

The Labor leader told reporters: “The whip has obviously been returned to her now and she is free to stand as a Labor candidate.”

On Friday, Sir Keir hailed the Labor veteran as a “pioneer”, saying: “Diane Abbott was elected in 1987, the first black woman MP.

“She paved the way for other people to enter politics and public life.”

(left-right) Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Labor Party leader Angela Rayner, at the launch event of

Labor MPs speaking to the Sunday Times say they are being offered seats in the House of Lords to allow allies of leader Sir Keir Starmer to take their place.

Photo: Alamy


London, United Kingdom.  29 May 2024. Diane Abbott gives a speech to local residents in Hackney North, saying she wants to be their candidate.  Aubrey Fagon/Alamy Live News

After days of speculation over whether Ms Abbott could contest the seats of Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Sir Keir confirmed on Friday that she was “free” to stand as a Labor candidate in the July 4 general election.

Photo: Alamy


He previously refused to say whether Ms Abbot would defend her seat in Hackney North and Stoke Newington in the July 4 election, as he faced allegations of a “purge” of left-wing candidates.

In response to the news, Ms Abbott said her local party had chosen her as their candidate in 2022.

“But I will not be the official candidate until I have been endorsed by the Labor National Executive at their meeting on Tuesday, so I will not say anything until then.”

Speaking at the Conservative Party’s election campaign launch on Saturday, Conservative leader Rishi Sunak criticized Labor for its discussion on the subject.

Mr Sunak said: “Just look at what happened in this affair with Diane Abbott. And it confirms what we know about him: that he doesn’t stick to anything that he he says, he just keeps changing his mind.

“And it is clear that it is Angela Rayner who leads the Labor Party and not him.”