Diane Abbott: Mandela was 'without bitterness'

Diane Abbott
Dianne Abbott Credit: DaybreakITV

Nelson Mandela was "absolutely without any bitterness" about the hardships he had suffered and had "tremendous personal magnetism", Britain's first black female MP told Daybreak.

Diane Abbott met Mandela shortly after his release from prison in 1990: "The extraordinary thing was that he spent 27 years in prison. He had known many of his closest colleagues murdered, tortured, also imprisoned."

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