London Mayoral hopeful Diane Abbott has launched a Twitter attack against one of Ed Miliband’s key aides for co-authoring a critical report.
The Hackney MP hit out at Polly Billington, an ex-advisor to Miliband and one of eight Labour candidates who were not election at the recent general election that have penned a damning document about the Party’s defeat.
In the analysis, entitled 'Never again: Lessons from Labour's key seats', Billington criticised her former leader, saying he "got it badly wrong and lost trust in denying people a say on our membership of the EU", did not tackle the cultural issues of immigration policy, and alienated the party from its working class base.
But her comments were picked up by Abbott, who attacked Billington for having worked as a "top advisor" to Miliband only to author a critical report on his last few months of leadership.
She wrote: "Polly top Ed Miliband leadership campaigner then top Ed advisor. Now signs report saying Ed leadership a disaster. Odd."
So @ThurrockPolly top Ed Miliband leadership campaigner then top Ed advisor. Now signs report saying Ed leadership a disaster. Odd.— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) July 28, 2015
But in a fiery showdown, Billington hit back, quipping: "I stop a loss turning into a failure by learning from my mistakes. What do you do?"
@HackneyAbbott I stop a loss turning into a failure by learning from my mistakes. What do you do?— Polly Billington (@ThurrockPolly) July 28, 2015
Her comment earned support from Twitter users, many re-tweeting or favouriting the post, and one even commenting: "Polly's experiences as a candidate should be listened to alongside everyone else."
Abbott's outburst came just one day after she launched another attack, this time on The Guardian newspaper, accusing the traditionally left-leaning paper of harbouring an anti Jeremy Corbyn bias.