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Diane Abbott deletes foul-mouthed migrant tweet

Diane Abbott (Credit: Getty images)

Is Diane Abbott OK? A day after the independent MP hit out at Tory party deputy chairman Lee Anderson for his foul-mouthed comment about migrants, Abbott has again waded into the subject. This time, however, it is Abbott who is guilty of using a rude word:

Abbott subsequently deleted the tweet, which was a reference to 41 migrants tragically losing their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy. This isn’t the first time that Abbott appears to have failed to think carefully before she wrote something. The MP was suspended by Labour back in April after she suggested Jewish people had never been ‘subject to racism’. In a letter to the Observer, Abbott wrote:

‘It is true that many types of white people with points of difference, such as redheads, can experience this prejudice…But they are not all their lives subject to racism. In pre-civil rights America, Irish people, Jewish people and Travellers were not required to sit at the back of the bus. In apartheid South Africa, these groups were allowed to vote. And at the height of slavery, there were no white-seeming people manacled on the slave ships.’

Mr S thinks this latest tweet is not going to convince Labour leader Keir Starmer to allow Abbott back into the fold any time soon…

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