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Diane Abbott has said she will quit the front bench of Labour when a new leader is elected. Ms Abbott, the shadow home secretary, told Sky News that whoever becomes leader, "they have to be able to construct their own shadow cabinet". Earlier Jeremy Corbyn had said he would consider a senior post under the new leader. Ms Abbott said she would be backing Rebecca Long-Bailey as her choice for Labour's replacement leader. Three candidates are in the running for leader: Ms Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Kier Starmer. Voting begins on Monday, with the new leader announced on 4 April. Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said she would be returning to the backbenchers "where there's an awful lot to do". Full story

23 February