George Galloway has defended Diane Abbott from the "sickening" attacks she has faced in the wake of the Brexit vote .
Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and the Shadow Home Secretary, was taken ill last week on the day that the first vote on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was due to take place.
As a result, she missed the vote, and has faced widespread accusations of cowardice as well as calls to resign from her position.
George Galloway has known Abbott for three decades, and expressed how shocked he was at the attacks upon her.
He said: "I’ve known her for over 30 years, and I must believe her, even if some of those don’t.
"But the treatment she gets from her own colleagues, women and others who describe themselves as ‘women-friendly’ – the kind of attacks she gets from people forever telling us how right-on they are frankly sickens me.
"Being too poorly to attend the vote has led to a number of feminists or super anti-racists to launch, frankly, unpleasant attacks on her.
Now she texted [me] this evening that unfortunately no, she couldn’t appear on the show tonight. This is a pity, because she wouldn’t have found a friendlier billet to state her point of view."