DIANE Abbott was yesterday sacked as a Labour shadow health minister for her excessive criticism of party leader Ed Miliband.
The high-profile MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington said Miliband did not appreciate her interventions, before proving his point by using her departure to attack Labour’s immigration policy.
“My settled view is that there no votes for the Labour party in pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment,” the leftwinger wrote on the Guardian website yesterday afternoon.
“Unfortunately the people around Miliband are terrified by the polling on immigration and have convinced him that we have to move right on the issue.”
Abbott, the first black woman elected to parliament, came last in the 2010 Labour party leadership election, which saw Ed Miliband chosen to succeed Gordon Brown.
Miliband yesterday reshuffled many junior positions in his shadow cabinet, promoting dozens of MPs who only entered parliament at the 2010 general election.
Abbott’s role was taken by the ambitious Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree.