Labour's Diane Abbott has been reappointed as shadow home secretary

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Diane Abbott is back in her role as shadow home secretary (Source: Getty)

Diane Abbott has been reappointed as shadow home secretary, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed today.

The Hackney MP was replaced in the role by Lyn Brown in the last days of campaigning ahead of the General Election, after being forced to withdraw from a number of media appearances due to illness.

Abbott also fell victim to the email prankster whose previous targets include Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Barclays boss Jes Staley. The trickster, who goes by the Twitter handle @Sinon_Reborn, posed as Labour party strategist Seumas Milne and discussed "adding some colour" to reports about Abbott's illness.

Following the election, in which she was re-elected to her Hackney North & Stoke Newington constituency with 75.1 per cent of the vote, Abbott revealed she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, which was the reason for her campaigning break.

"Diane suffers from type 2 diabetes and suffered a great deal during the latter part of the election campaign," Corbyn said during his appearance on ITV's Peston on Sunday earlier today.

"I had a chat with her during that period and we felt that it was right that she took a break from intensive campaigning at a national level.

"She is getting all the support necessary and she is the shadow home secretary."

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