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Labour MP: Diane Abbott ‘bottled it’ over Article 50 vote

Oh dear. With Diane Abbott currently off work with ‘a migraine’, the shadow home secretary is facing a growing work headache. After missing the Article 50 vote due to illness, questions have been raised over Abbott’s ability to speak at a Westminster Hall debate just three hours before falling so ill she could not vote.

But surely her comrades have her back at this difficult time? Apparently not. Labour’s John Mann has taken to the airwaves to lambast Abbott for ‘bottling it’ over Brexit:

‘It’s quite extraordinary. We have some very, very ill people who turned up to Parliament to vote yesterday, who are so sick they’ve not been able to carry on their work as MPs. They made it there and they voted and she gave herself a sick note at 5pm.

I think we know what’s going on here. She bottled the vote. It’s cowardice.’

Next week’s PLP meeting should prove lively…

Update: Diane Abbott is not well enough to take questions.

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