Diane Abbott was seen at 8.41am today just before Womans Hour, Nick Astaire said
Labour’s shadow home secretary appeared to be in Oxford Circus Tube station 19 minutes before she was meant to appear on the Radio 4 programme which was hosting a special debate at 9am with female politicians from five parties, including Amber Rudd.
At 8.30am, 11 minutes before she was spotted, Women’s Hour tweeted Ms Abbott had been “taken ill” and the Labour Party was putting up a replacement, which turned out to be shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.
Nick Astaire, who had just seen the tweet, said he saw Ms Abbott in the station so took a photo of her talking on the phone and tweeted it to Woman’s Hour.
As he came out of the station he took another picture of Jeremy Corbyn’s close ally walking along the damp pavement – just metres away from Radio 4’s studios.
She later pulled out of an Evening Standard election hustings event tonight.
Last night, Ms Abbott, who could be in charge of the UK’s anti-terror forces if Labour wins the election, came under fire yet again for not being able to answer questions about the content of the Harris report, a key counter-terrorism report, in relation to this weekend’s London terror attack.
She struggled to identify any of the 127 recommendations when asked by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News.
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There were several awkward pauses and all she could say was it was “an important review and we should act on it”.
This evening, an email prankster claimed to have revealed a discussion with Ms Abbott about the extent of her illness after posing as Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor, Seamus Milne.
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Ms Abbott was seen on her phone in Oxford Circus Tube station just minutes before Womans Hour
Moments later she was seen strolling out of the station, near the Radio 4 studio
The alleged emails claim she needed to “flesh out” her illness with more detail to make excuses for her Murnaghan interview.
But Labour branded the email exchange “fake”.
A party spokesman, said: “We are not commenting on fake email exchanges.
“Diane is unwell.”