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Andrew Neil mocks Diane Abbott with swipe on BBC's This Week – 'We thought she was coming'


Andrew Neil teased the Labour frontbencher for giving the recording a miss despite his team believing she would attend. The BBC This Week host said he had wanted to talk to Diane Abbott to discuss the Labour Party’s preparations for Government but had to renounce as the MP did not attend the event. Speaking to a large crowd in Westminster Central Hall, Mr Neil said: “At this stage, I wanted to speak to Diane Abbott, we thought she was coming.

“I wanted to ask her if she was preparing for Government. And then to ask her of which country.

“But she’s not here so we can’t do that.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Diane Abbott over the remarks from the BBC presenter. 

Mr Neil and Ms Abbott have often been the subject of ironic sketches on BBC comedy show Dead Ringers, during which impersonators have the pair pitted against each other. 

READ MORE: Corbyn crisis: ‘Labour Brexiteers will quit in their droves!’

In a recent sketch aired last month, a Andrew Neil impersonator questioned the Labour MP on her thoughts on one of the Tory leadership debates and who she thought had impressed her.

Ms Abbott was subsequently mocked for her unwavering loyalty to the Labour Party leader and support of his gardening hobby.

The first impersonator began by saying: “I’m Andrew Neil, the cake they left out in the rain.

“Just moments ago the Tory leadership debate ended on BBC One with the big winners being ITV and Dave which both, no doubt, enjoyed a huge spike in viewers.

“Diane who impressed you the most on the stage tonight?”

The performer playing the Labour MP replied: “Andrew, for me the most impressive performer in the debate was Jeremy.”

The paper quoted a source close to the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington saying: “Diane is a Jeremy Corbyn supporter 100 percent, but she doesn’t think the direction Karie and Seamus are taking is helpful to Jeremy.”

However, Ms Abbott quickly appeared to counter the claims saying she does not believe “removing any member of staff working for Jeremy” would help him become prime minister – a cause she is “completely committed to”.

The Labour Party last week confirmed they would be demanding a new vote on Brexit from the next Prime Minister and that they would campaign to Remain in the European Union in the lead up to that vote. 

After writing an open letter to Labour members, the party leader explained the new position on Twitter, saying: “Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote.

“In those circumstances, Labour would campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.”

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