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    Diane Abbott gives Ed Milliband advice on candidate selection

    Every time I see this awful woman on TV I want to chin the annoying bitch. And I am anti violence against women.
    On this occasion she has risen above her usual Jeffism language and come up with some sound ideas.


    It would be nice to think that the parliamentary Labour party was moving towards looking more like modern Britain, rather than in the opposite direction. The news that Labour’s national executive, under the tutelage of Ed Miliband, has taken control of the parliamentary selection process for local constituencies should come as no surprise. The only noteworthy thing is that, with a tight election looming, he has put the arrangement in place earlier than usual. Successive party leaders have proved unable to resist this particularly juicy piece of patronage.
    But the question is – what is he actually going to do with the power to decisively affect candidate selection? Ideally he would use his powers to ensure more working-class candidates and diverse representation generally.
    The Labour leadership should surely have been given pause by research earlier this year that revealed Labour had more candidates who were special advisers, or denizens of London-based thinktanks, than any other major party. It comes to something when the party that was historically supposed to be the parliamentary arm of the Labour movement has an over-representation of white-collar Westminster insiders. There is nothing wrong with being a special adviser. But we are in the first half of the 21st century. So it would be nice to think that the parliamentary Labour party was moving towards looking more like modern Britain, rather than in the opposite direction.
    Of course this situation is not of Ed Miliband’s making. I served on the national executive of the Labour party in the 90s. There were constant murmurings by the powers that be about the “quality” of MPs and potential candidates. In fact, there was nothing wrong with these people. “Quality” was a euphemism for the fact that they were not considered “New Labour” enough. So convenor stewards, who had lived in a town all their life, were elbowed out in favour of television producers. One-time Tory MPs, who had never seen the inside of a factory, were shoehorned into industrial seats. And former special advisers came down like golden rain on manufacturing and mining constituencies up and down the land. At the time it all seemed very clever. The only people who complained were disgruntled “favourite son” candidates who had been carved up in favour of London-based outsiders. Some sitting Labour MPs, outside the inner circle, used to call it the “assisted places” scheme.
    But the Labour party has paid a price for parachuting one too many special advisers into industrial seats. There is a great deal of hand-wringing about Ukip and its inroads into previously rock solid Labour seats. But one cause of disaffection among core Labour voters is the sense that there is a remote Westminster class which doesn’t relate to them. This unhappiness can only be heightened by a parliamentary Labour party that has too few working people.
    The Labour party has some great new candidates. I have campaigned with many of them. But the number of working class Labour MPs is the lowest it has ever been. And progress on ethnic representation has been painfully slow since Bernie Grant, Paul Boateng, Keith Vaz and myself were first elected 28 years ago. The Conservatives now have more male BME MPs than the Labour party and there is only one new black female parliamentary candidate. And it can be argued that the shortage of both working-class and black MPs are two sides of the same coin.
    It should not matter what colour or class an MP is. But, at the same time, it should not be assumed that former special advisers have a monopoly on the qualities that the public would like to see in their MPs. Furthermore, you are likely to make more informed and humane decisions on issues such as welfare benefits if, instead of just reading the polling, you actually have family members who have had to live on them. Perhaps, above all, if the political class is to reconnect with British people, the people need to see politicians who look like them.
    So here is hoping that Miliband uses his new powers to ensure that the broadest range of talent enters the parliamentary Labour party next year. We can only wait and see.
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    Diane Abbot is a vile woman and is a prime example of the loony left of the Labour party, although I agree she does make some valid points about candidates, I don't think it's been announced yet but son of Tony B-liar and his old spin doctor Alistair Campbell are being talked about as going to be parachuted into safe Labour seats.

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    Abbot was only ever selected cos she was a nigger, and a stupid hypocritical one at that

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    It's nice to know others hate her as much as I do. She's done more to reinforce colour prejudice than anybody with her big left-wing mouth and small brain.

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    I bet her kunt smells as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave42
    Abbot was only ever selected cos she was a nigger, and a stupid hypocritical one at that
    Quote Originally Posted by dave42
    I bet her kunt smells as well!
    And they say the art of political discourse is dying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Every time I see this awful woman on TV I want to chin the annoying bitch
    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    Diane Abbot is a vile woman
    Agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by dave42
    Abbot was only ever selected cos she was a nigger
    You fvcking ignorant wanker

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    Diane Abbott, Labour frontbench MP and the first black woman to take a seat in the House of Commons, is well-known for her outspoken remarks.


    The comment that "white people love playing 'divide and rule'" is not the first apparent gaffe she has made.

    Several have caused difficult headlines for her and her party.


    But her straight-talking nature has helped her maintain a constituency majority of between 49% and 65% in every election since 1992.

    * During the 2010 Labour leadership race, Ms Abbott raised eyebrows by stating: "West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children."


    She made the remark to explain her decision to send her son James to a fee-paying school after having previously criticised the private sector.

    BBC interviewer Andrew Neil responded: "So black mums love their kids more than white mums, do they?"

    He went on to ask: "Supposing Michael [Portillo, also on the programme] said white mums will go to the wall for their children. Why did you say that? Isn't it a racist remark?"

    * The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP's decision to educate her child privately caused a storm of criticism in 2003 because Ms Abbott attacked her Labour colleague, Harriet Harman, for sending her son to a grammar school.

    "She [Harman] made the Labour Party look as if we do one thing and say another," Ms Abbott said in 1997.

    She has described her own decision as "indefensible" and "incoherent" but also said she feared her child would fall in with "black gangs" if he went to a state school.


    * Ms Abbott reportedly said staff at her local east London hospital who were "blonde, blue-eyed Finnish girls" were not suitable to be nurses because they had "never met a black person before".

    * She has been critical of the lack of power backbench MPs hold in the face of powerful prime ministers.

    During Tony Blair's administration, she remarked: "The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons."

    * When Labour MP Keith Vaz stood up in the Commons to praise the-then Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009, Ms Abbott was caught on camera making loud slurping noises and giggling.

    Her response was taken to imply she thought the MP was trying to suck up to the frontbench.

    The slurping sounds, picked up by the microphones in the House, prompted Mr Johnson to turn around and laugh in the direction of both Ms Abbott and Mr Vaz.

    Diane Abbott's History Of Gaffes

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