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Diane Abbott to Run for Labour in Hackney North and Stoke Newington Election



Diane Abbott To Run For Labour In Hackney North And Stoke Newington Election

Diane Abbott has expressed her intent to run for the upcoming general election in Hackney North and Stoke Newington as the adopted Labour candidate. This decision follows a week full of controversies and speculations regarding Abbott’s candidacy, which was recently in the spotlight after a post on her social media account accused Keir Starmer of spreading lies.

The post, reportedly from Abbott’s account, was quickly deleted and came in response to an article in The Observer where Starmer stated his respect for her. Nonetheless, Abbott has firmly stated her commitment to the Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat, denying reports that she was offered a peerage to step down.

Amidst the growing tensions within Labour, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, refuted claims on Sky News that some former MPs were enticed with peerages to vacate their seats for allies of the current Labour leadership, emphasizing that such practices were unacceptable and outlining a need for reforms within the party.

Labour has recently centralized its candidate selection process, leading to a series of surprise candidacies being handed out, with choices made at the national level rather than through local party input. A source from The Sunday Times had claimed that Abbott was offered a seat in the Lords if she backed out, but Abbott promptly dismissed this as false and asserted her determination to run for the seat.

After a period of uncertainty, Keir Starmer confirmed that Abbott would be allowed to stand for Labour, marking a significant shift from earlier suggestions that her candidacy would be up to the national executive committee. This decision followed a prolonged investigation stemming from a controversial statement made by Abbott in the past.

Baroness Chakrabarti, a close ally of Abbott, criticized the handling of the situation, labeling it as sordid and urging Abbott to take time to consider her future in the party. The developments have showcased underlying tensions within Labour, with calls for more transparent and fair processes in candidate selection.

Rachel Adams

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