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Lammy endorses Abbott’s leadership bid

David Lammy MP

Tottenham MP David Lammy has publicly endorsed Diane Abbott in her bid to lead the Labour party.

Lammy told his local newspaper: “Ever since I was first elected to Parliament I have called for a more diverse and representative political class. It would go against all that not to help Diane Abbott get on to the ballot paper now. To have a leadership election without a single woman involved would send a terrible signal.”

Lammy, a member of Parliament for 10 years, added: “I would say to colleagues that lending someone your nomination is not the same as voting for a candidate in the final ballot. The question at this stage is whether we can have a more diverse field and an open discussion over the next few months. I think we should.”

Lammy is the first black MP to lend his support to Abbott’s leadership bid.

Abbott, 57, is the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

She needs 33 nominations to have her name put on the ballot paper. Other Labour MPs in the race are David and Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and John McDonnell.

Of the six candidates, Ed Miliband is the only one to have reached the required 33 nominations. His supporters include Sadiq Khan and Chuka Umunna.

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