Diane Abbott has announced that she will take a back seat from frontline politics when the current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn steps down in April after a successor has been elected and named.
Ms Abbott who has thrown her support behind Rebecca Long-Bailey to be the next Labour leader, Abbott said she will be returning to the backbenches as the next Labour leader “construct their own shadow cabinet”.
However, despite claiming she would be stepping down, Ms Abbott was asked whether she would serve in the next leader’s Shadow Cabinet after outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would happily serve under Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, Ms Abbott said: “I will be stepping down because I think that the new leader, they have to be able to construct their own shadow cabinet.
“I was a backbencher for a few years and there’s an awful lot to do on the backbenches.
“One of the things that I will want to do is make sure we don’t make a swerve to the right on migration policy.
“I think that’s a dead-end for the Labour Party.
“We have to stand by our principles and stand by our values and make sure we have an immigration policy which is fair and workable.”
Abbott has been serving as the Shadow Home Secretary in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn since 2016 and has been a Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987.
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