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Is Diane Abbott in or out?

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The drama in Westminster never seems to end. Last night the Times reported that the Labour party would not allow veteran MP Diane Abbott to represent the party at the upcoming general election. Abbott has reportedly been given the Labour whip back as a middle way, causing something of a backlash. Seeking to clarify the situation, Keir Starmer has today insisted that, ‘no decision has been taken to bar Diane Abbot’ and that ‘she is a member of the parliamentary Labour party.’ What’s going on? Will she be standing? 

James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and John McTernan, former political secretary to Tony Blair. 

Produced by Oscar Edmondson.