Diane Abbott – 2023 Statement of Apology

The statement made by Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, on Twitter on 23 April 2023.

I am writing regarding my letter that was recently published in the Observer.

I wish to wholly and unreservedly withdraw my remarks and disassociate myself from them.

The errors arose in an initial draft being sent. But there is no excuse, and I wish to apologise for any anguish caused.

Racism takes many forms, and it is completely undeniable that Jewish people have suffered its monstrous effects, as have Irish people, Travellers and many others.

Once again, I would like to apologise publicly for the remarks and any distress caused as a result of them.