Labour candidate Andrew Gwynne reiterated “no Labour government” in the past or future would ever put national security “at risk”.
The politician defended Ms Abbott during an intense grilling on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme after she said Ireland “is our struggle – every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us” in 1984.
When asked if the Jeremy Corbyn ally was “up to” the job, Mr Gwynne replied: “Absolutely, I want to assure you and assure the listeners that the Labour government of the future will put tackling [terrorism], counter-terrorism and also reinvesting in police and intelligence officers at the centre of our strategy.”
Andrew Gwynne insisted Diane Abbott's views on the IRA had "changed"
Diane’s views have changed, she’s acknowledged that and the fact is that no Labour government will ever put the security of this nation at risk
Host Sarah Montague then put Ms Abbott’s past comments directly to Mr Gwynne.
She said: “How do you answer that the idea your home secretary is some who has said ‘a defeat for the British state would be a great liberation’?”
The politician replied: “Look, Diane’s views have changed, she’s acknowledged that and the fact is that no Labour government will ever put the security of this nation at risk.”
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The roasting comes after the Shadow Home Secretary came under fire for comparing her changing views on the IRA to differing hairstyles in a bizarre interview on the BBC.
Appearing on The Andrew Marr Show, she said: “It was 34 years ago, I had a rather splendid afro at the time, I don’t have the same hairstyle and I don’t have the same views.
“It is 34 years on, the hairstyle has gone and some of the views have gone.”
When asked if the Labour party was “haunted” by previous comments, Mr Gwynne insisted: “No Labour government in the past and no Labour government in the future will ever put national security and the defence of our citizens and our country at risk.”