The shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has announced she will be stepping down from her role.
She was the most un-supportive shadow Home Secretary who could not grasp operational policing, every step of the way she has criticised British Policing and has never shown an ounce of support to our hardworking and dedicated officers.
She has stated that she will be stepping down regardless of who wins the leadership race but will return to the back benchers to continue her work.
She aims to focus on ensuring labour does not “swerve to the right on 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.”