Diane Abbott risks fury over following Twitter account ‘working to undermine Starmer’

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The former shadow home secretary has been a vocal critic of Sir Keir, and most recently has spoken out against the Labour leader and his treatment of predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. But it now appears Ms Abbott follows a Twitter account called ‘Former Labour SPAD’ which says it is “working to undermine Keir Starmer every single day”. The Twitter account’s main picture reads: “I’m with Corbyn”, and the account is followed by Ms Abbott.

It is unclear when Ms Abbott followed the Twitter account, or if the page has updated its details recently.

Express.co.uk has contacted Ms Abbott’s office for comment.

It comes as Sir Keir has been under increasing pressure to withhold the Labour whip from former leader Mr Corbyn after a disciplinary panel lifted his predecessor’s suspension from the party.

Mr Corbyn was reinstated as a member of the Labour Party three weeks after being suspended over his response to the damning Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into anti-Semitism.

But last Wednesday, Sir Keir said he would not restore the whip to Mr Corbyn because he “undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.

This decision has sparked a furious reaction from allies of Mr Corbyn that remain in the Labour Party, who are demanding the whip be restored.

Since Sir Keir said he would not be restoring the party whip to Mr Corbyn, Ms Abbott has taken to Twitter to lash out at the decision and launch several scathing attacks against her own leader, finishing her tweets with #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn.

Last Thursday, she wrote: “Excluding @jeremycorbyn as a Labour MP is wrong.

“Does @Keir_Starmer REALLY think that @UKLabour members would have voted for him as leader if they knew that within months he would do this?

“No way to unite the party.”

The former shadow home secretary followed this up with another tweet later that day, which read: “So @Keir_Starmer takes unilateral decision to exclude @jeremycorbyn as a Labour MP.

“But no notice, no consultation, no right of appeal, no redress…no due process at all.

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“And Starmer was a human rights lawyer.”

Ms Abbott was also one of more than 30 MPs and peers in the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group demanding Mr Corbyn have the party whip restored.=

The group said: “The decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn is wrong and damaging to the Labour Party.”

She has also set up an online petition via change.org to restore the whip to Mr Corbyn, which has so far attracted nearly 43,000 of the targeted 50,000 signatures.

Last week, the National Executive Committee reinstated Mr Corbyn as a Labour member following a meeting of a disciplinary panel, which came three weeks he was suspended over his response to the damning EHRC report.

But the decision from Sir Keir to block Mr Corbyn from sitting as a Labour MP reignited a huge civil war on the opposition benches.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, raged the refusal to restore the whip to Mr Corbyn was “vindictive and vengeful”, with the boss of Labour’s biggest donor also accusing Sir Keir of acting in “bad faith”.

Sir Keir has stood firm and said in a statement: “Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party.

“I know that I will be judged on my actions, not my words.

“The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community. That became clear once again yesterday.

“It is the task of my leadership to fix what I have inherited. That is what I am resolute in doing and I have asked for an independent process to be established as soon as possible.

“I’m the Leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle anti-Semitism.

“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”

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