Rhetorical question: She smashed barriers but, oh, the hypocrisy: The first black female MP, Diane Abbott, enjoyed the privileges of grammar school and Cambridge. So why does she disdain Britain?

Politics is a ruthless business and Diane Abbott’s unprecedented replacement as Shadow Home Secretary, less than 24 hours before the General Election, was as unsentimental as it was probably overdue.

That it was overseen by Jeremy Corbyn, her former lover on whose motorcycle pillion she once toured East Germany, gave it a soap opera-style twist. Over past months, Ms Abbott’s absences from key political events, and a number of ‘car crash’ media appearances, have drawn unwelcome attention.

There were whispers at Westminster that Corbyn’s once ideologically sound talisman, whose status as Britain’s first female black MP cemented her support among the core hard-Left, had become a lethal ‘liability’.



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