Early election: Diane Abbott attacks Theresa May for being stooge of Donald Trump

Abbott accused Theresa May of 'cutting and running' over Brexit

Diane Abbott is the latest Labour MP to react bullishly to early election call

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott has reacted bullishly to talk of an early election, while attacking Prime Minister Theresa May for her relationship with America.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington reacted to the news by telling Sky Ms May had "cut and run" by calling an early election due to the perceived failure of her Brexit plan.

Abbott accused the Prime Minister for "hand in hand with Donald Trump" and suggested she wants an election because her Brexit strategy is "collapsing".

Although Labour are trailing the Tories by as much as 20 per cent in some opinion polls, Abbott said that leader Jeremy Corbyn is capable of springing a surprise because his policy platform appeals to the British people - unlike the Tories, who, according to Abbott, care about immigration above anything else.

Pointing to a string of shock election results in recent years, she added that the pollsters have plenty of form for getting things wrong and there's no reason to assume they won't get it wrong again.

Abbott is just one of a number of Labour MPs who have struck an upbeat tone in response to the election news, despite their party's sluggish poll performance and a string of embarrassing internal disputes.