Diane Abbott Faces Ban from Labour: Race Investigation Concluded Five Months Ago
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Diane Abbott Faces Ban from Labour: Race Investigation Concluded Five Months Ago

28 May 2024
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Diane Abbott Faces Ban from Labour: Race Investigation Concluded Five Months Ago

Diane Abbott Barred

In the forthcoming general election, Diane Abbott, a prominent Labour figure, is allegedly facing a ban on her candidacy. This comes despite the conclusion of a party-led investigation into her actions five months prior.

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will soon determine Abbott’s political future, according to Sir Keir Starmer’s Tuesday announcement. However, The Times has reported that the decision to bar the septuagenarian has already been reached. Abbott faced suspension in April of the previous year following a letter she penned implying that Jewish individuals encounter less prejudice than other minority groups.

Abbott, who previously held the position of shadow home secretary, issued an apology, clarifying that the letter was merely a draft. Despite her explanation, Starmer maintains that the investigation is still underway and beyond his control. In contrast, Newsnight has reported that the investigation concluded in December, leading to a formal warning and a course on antisemitism awareness, both of which Abbott completed by February.

A source close to Abbott stated she hasn't been informed about her candidacy status but expects the suspension to remain, alleging a deliberate effort to block her from running. Media reports on Tuesday confirmed this expectation.

The controversial letter, published in The Observer, implied Jewish people do not face the same level of racism as other minorities. Deputy leader Angela Rayner and MP Harriet Harman support Abbott's reinstatement.

If her suspension is not lifted by the 4 June deadline, Abbott must retire or run as an independent, breaking from the party she has served since 1987. Reinstating her could placate the party’s left-wing faction but might also draw criticism that Starmer has not distanced Labour enough from Corbyn's legacy.

Abbott has called the investigation “fraudulent” and claimed it is being used to "bully" her. Starmer reiterated that while the fact-finding phase may be over, the overall process continues, with the NEC making the final decision.

Momentum, a left-wing campaign group, condemned the situation as an attempt to oust Britain’s first Black woman MP. They urge Starmer to restore the whip and allow her to contest her seat for Labour.

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