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DIANE ABBOTT rubbished claims today that evidence of abuse directed at her by senior Labour Party officials was deliberately rehashed to create a “false narrative.”
Senior Labour officials named in a leaked internal report that appears to show them seeking to sabotage former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election chances insisted that private Whatsapp messages had been taken out of context to make them look racist and sexist.
Among the revelation in the 860-page report are comments describing colleagues as a “total mentalist,” “bitch face cow” and “pube head,” as well as remarks about “braless” female employees.
The staff members also expressed glee over an alleged incident in which Ms Abbott was heard crying in a toilet, and laughed about sending a journalist to find her.
Formal submissions handed to the inquiry by lawyers representing the named staff claimed that their Whatsapp messages had been edited to create a “false impression that racist and misogynistic conversations had taken place,” according to a Guardian report.
Submissions to the inquiry closed at 5pm today.
But Ms Abbott, who was on the receiving end of much of the appalling abuse, hit back at the claims.
She tweeted: “Officials at the very top of @UKLabour said stuff like ‘Abbott is truly repulsive,’ ‘Abbott literally makes me sick’ and conspired with media against me.
“Now claiming remarks taken out of context. So let’s have [the] full publication of all communications.”
Other Labour MPs also challenged the claims, pointing out that if senior officials believed their comments had been taken out of context, they would push for the full conversations to be released.
Instead, the submission is demanding that the inquiry be scrapped completely.
Labour MP and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested: “Isn’t there a simple solution to all this, which is to publish all the statements that were made so that people can judge for themselves whether they were what we would expect of Labour Party officials?”
The former senior staff have also confirmed that they plan to take legal action against the party for alleged data-protection failings, libel and invasion of privacy.
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