Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of hiding Diane Abbott from the debates
Labour claimed that the shadow Home Secretary was sick when she was pulled from Radio 4's Woman's Hour debate this Morning and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was sent in at the last minute as a replacement.
But a picture of Ms Abbott taking a phone call at Oxford Circus tube station a few minutes walk from Broadcasting House apparently on her way to the debate with Home Secretary Amber Rudd quickly emerged on social media.
In the picture, taken at 8.30am, shortly before the debate was due to be aired, Ms Abbott appeared to look well.
Jeremy Corbyn is hiding Diane Abbott away from voters
Priti Patel, International Development Secretary
Later she was also pulled from an Evening Standard debate in the evening, again favour of Ms Thornberry, who is most famous for Tweeting a picture sneering at white van man and the Flag of St George.
The confusion over Ms Abbott has echoes of when the arch Remainer missed the Article 50 vote in the Commons and claimed to have been ill on that occasion despite being alleging she was seen drinking in one of Parliament's bars.
The decision to stop the gaffe prone Ms Abbott appearing public follows a series of humiliating interviews during the election where she has underlined the widely held view that the hard Left leadership of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour is incompetent.
Early in the campaign Ms Abbott was unable to say how much a policy for 10,000 extra police officers would cost in an LBC interview on the day she was personally unveiling the pledge.
In what was dubbed "the most embarrassing political interview ever" she appeared to suggest the new officers would be paid £30 a year each.
Then on Monday night in a fresh calamity, the woman who hopes to be running the Home Office and security services on Friday was unable to give basic information about the recommendations made by Lord Harris's October 2016 inquiry into improving London's response to terrorism.
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Diane Abbott has had a series of mishaps during media interviews
She rambled her way through an "excruciating" interview with Sky's Dermot Murnaghan with the veteran broadcaster correcting her over a series of important recommendations.
Like her close longterm friend and ally Mr Corbyn, Ms Abbott's past views have also been a turn-off for voters.
This included her support for the IRA in the 1980s, when she said that "every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us."
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International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: "Jeremy Corbyn wants to make Diane Abbott Home Secretary in just two days but is hiding her away from voters.
"The woman who would be in charge of our police and the intelligence services cannot even be trusted by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to go on the airwaves to explain their shocking record on national security.
"Labour might be hiding her today but make no mistake – she will be in charge of our security and borders on Friday unless people vote for Theresa May and her Conservative team."
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The televised debate saw Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd, Paul Nuttall, Caroline Lucas, Angus Robertson, Tim Farron and Leanne Wood go toe-to-toe
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Speaking on Sky on Monday Abbott denied that she has been ordered off the airwaves by Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.
Asked if she was considered "a bit of a liability" by senior Labour figures, she replied: "Well, I'm here.
"I've just come from doing another media interview, I'm going on to do another. There's no truth in the idea I'm not in the media."