Shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, has come under pressure since the Manchester bombings for her opposition to anti-terror legislation
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the host said: “In your career in the House of Commons you voted again and again around 30 times against anti-terrorist legislation for different reasons.
“Shortly before 9/11 you voted against prescribing Al Qaeda as an organisation, that was a huge mistake on your part, was it not?”
“Nobody votes against these things without a lot of thought and the view of myself and Jeremy and most members of the Conservative Party including David Davis at the time was that this was counter productive, counter terrorism legislation,” she said.
In response, an uncomfortable Abbott said: “There were groups on that list which I deemed to be dissidents rather than terror organisations.
“You have to give people credit for thinking about how they vote.”
Offering her the list, Marr then pushed the shadow cabinet member on which groups she would want to see banned.
He said: “Well there is the list, which of those organisations do you think should not have been prescribed?
“You voted against the whole lot being prescribed because presumably some of them you thought were ok. I’m just wondering which ones you think are ok.”
Refusing to take the list, Ms Abbott replied: “It’s not that I thought they were ok, I thought that they were dissident organisations.”
Would you feel comfortable with Mrs Abbott in government? I wouldn’t.
The reality is that she could be in charge along with Jeremy Corbyn in just 11 short days.