Diane Abbott calls on Labour to make case for immigration reform

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Diane Abbott, part of Ed Miliband’s senior team, has accused Labour of being swayed by populist Tory attacks on immigration instead of standing up for diversity.

The shadow health minister said her boss “means well” but called on the party to do more to make the case in favour of immigration.

Her intervention is the second time in recent weeks Miliband has been implicitly criticised by a member of his own top team, after Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, called on Labour to “shout louder” about its policies.

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott

Senior figures including Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister; Lord Glasman, a policy guru; David Blunkett, a former home secretary; and Alistair Darling, a former chancellor, have signalled they would like to see Labour setting out its message more clearly.

 

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