The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, has announced that she will be stepping down from her role.
Ms Abbott has attracted widespread criticism from the policing community for her apparent inability to be able to grasp the basic principles of policing.
Many senior officers have branded Ms Abbott as being ‘out of touch’ when it comes to understanding the challenges being faced by the police service.
Ms Abbott has said that she will be stepping down regardless of who wins the Labour Party leadership race.
She added that she will continue to work on the backbenches and that she will focus her energies on ensuring that labour does not “swerve to the right on [its] migration policy”.
Speaking to Sky News‘ Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Ms Abbott was asked if she wanted to keep a senior position in the new leader’s shadow cabinet.
“No,” she confirmed.
“I will be stepping down because I think the new leader, whether it’s Becky, whether it’s Lisa [Nandy], whether it’s Keir [Starmer], they’ll have to be able to choose their own shadow cabinet.
“I was a backbencher for a few years, and there is an awful lot to do on the backbenches.
“One of the things that I’d want to do is make sure that we don’t make a swerve to the right on migration policy – I think that’s a dead-end for the Labour Party.
“We have to stand by our principles and stand by our values and make sure we have an immigration policy which is fair and which is workable.”
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Probably want more time off to visit her son in rishon for assault police etc.
That should have read ” visit her son in prison”