Abbott: Without unions, Labour 'is Oxford graduates'

Labour MP Diane Abbott has defended the role of unions in her party, saying without them it is "a bunch of Oxford PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics] graduates looking for constituencies to represent."

She made the comments on The Agenda with Tom Bradby, to be shown on ITV tonight, after the party voted to amend its historic links with the unions on Saturday.

I personally, and other people will disagree with me, don't think the Labour Party should be ashamed of its historic links with working people...without its trade union links, whatever people think of particular trade unions, what is the Labour Party?

It's a bunch of Oxford PPE graduates looking for constituencies to represent.

What's the underlying anchor of it?

– Labour MP Diane Abbott, talking on The Agenda

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm tonight

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