Lyn Brown asked to stand in for Diane Abbott as shadow home secretary

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Abbott pulled out of various media appearances yesterday (Source: Getty)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked Lyn Brown to stand in for Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary due to a period of ill health.

Yesterday, Abbott cancelled an appearance on BBC radio and an election hustings; shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry had to stand in for her.

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Shadow police minister Brown will now be taking on Abbott's work. She is the Labour candidate for West Ham.

Abbott last night become the third victim of the email prankster who tricked tha Bank of England's governor Mark Carney. The prankster emailed Abbott posing as Seumas Milne to discuss "adding some colour" to Abbott's illness story.

The sudden change comes on the final day of campaigning before the General Election. Today, Corbyn will be travelling from Glasgow to his home turf in Islington to convince the nation to vote Labour.

Meanwhile, Labour's Keir Starmer has been speaking on the BBC Today programme this morning, hitting out at Prime Minister Theresa May's claims that human rights are getting in the way of the UK's security.

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