Diane Abbott Reinstated: Labour Party Clears Path for July 4 Candidacy

Britain's Labour Party has cleared Diane Abbott, the country's first Black woman lawmaker, to run in the upcoming July 4 election. Previously suspended over a year for controversial remarks, Abbott was reinstated this week. Despite media reports, Labour confirmed she is free to contest her seat in northeast London.


Reuters | Updated: 31-05-2024 18:32 IST | Created: 31-05-2024 18:32 IST
Diane Abbott Reinstated: Labour Party Clears Path for July 4 Candidacy
Diane Abbott

Britain's opposition Labour Party said that Diane Abbott, Britain's first Black woman lawmaker, would be able to run in the July 4 election after confusion over her candidacy sparked a backlash within the party. Labour leader Keir Starmer told reporters that Diane Abbott was "free to go forward" to contest her seat in northeast London.

Abbott, Britain's longest serving Black member of parliament who was first elected in 1987, had been suspended by the party for over a year after she said Jewish, Irish and Traveller people did not face racism all their lives. On Friday, prominent Black Britons signed an open letter criticising the treatment of Abbott.

Abbott, who apologised for the remarks, was reinstated to the party this week but media reports had said she would be barred from running. Labour have not responded to a request for comment.

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