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The Labour MP denied her party has shifted to the right under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership when confronted by Sky’s Sophy Ridge on the Labour leader’s performance so far. Asked whether she was comfortable with the apparent shift of the party from Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and stances, Diane Abbott said she does not believe Sir Keir would admit the party has moved from its radical left-wing values.
She added: “One of the things he said after he was elected as the leader was that it was important to hold on to our values and it was important not to abandon our new found radicalism.
“He said that the case for a strong, radical Labour Party is as important as ever. So I don’t think that Keir Starmer would say that we shifted to the right.”
The Sky host pointed out: “It sounds a little bit like you’re trying to remind Keir Starmer of some of the things that he said in the past. Do you think that he was happy to appear more left-wing, more pro-Corbyn during the leadership election to try and get votes?”
Ms Abbott replied: “You may say that, I couldn’t possibly comment. All I’m telling you is on the record Keir Starmer has been very clear that we shouldn’t abandon the radicalism that we found in the Corbyn era.”
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