Diane Abbott pulls out of BBC debate due to illness

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

Diane Abbott has pulled out of a broadcast election debate role at the eleventh hour, it has been announced.

Labour canvassers complain that Abbott is a "doorstep issue", which is shown by the fact Theresa May name-checked the shadow home secretary several times in a recent speech on security.

DIANE ABBOTT was accused of giving another "car crash" interview as she struggled to answer crime questions on Sky News last night.

Ms Abbott was booked to appear on Radio 4's Women's Hour this morning but pulled out at the last minute citing "ill health".

Ms Abbott was questioned by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News about a report previous year by former Metropolitan Police Authority chairman Lord Harris on security in London.

"I am here. I have just come from doing another media interview".

Asked which part she was endorsing in the uncomfortable interview, she simply replied "I just think it's about preparedness and resilience".

Abbott said "I think we do need to revisit that report", but couldn't explain which part should be revisited, according to The Telegraph.

Asked about the specifics, she said: "I thought, because I know Toby Harris -..."

Diane Abbott: "Yes, we are now putting up barriers on, erm, bridges and you would think we might have done that before..."

She was unable to answer any details and Murnaghan finally said the specific aspects were putting up more physical barriers in the light of the Nice terror attacks.

The Shadow Home Secretary has been beset by auto crash TV interviews during the campaign.

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