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Labour MP Diane Abbott accused of disrespect after live tweeting from Tony Benn’s funeral
- Hackney MP called ‘tacky’ after messages sent 63,000 followers
- Labour stalwart wrote about sitting behind Ed Balls and next to Jack Straw
- ‘In St Margaret’s Westminster waiting for #TonyBenn funeral to begin. Greatest Labour politician of his generation,’ she wrote
- Her spokesman says she tweeted before service, not during the funeral
Labour MP Diane Abbott was criticised today after she live tweeted from inside Tony Benn’s funeral.
The politician sent a series of messages to her 63,000 followers as she waited for the service to start at St Margaret’s church in Westminster.
Her running commentary led to be her being branded disrespectful, a ‘prat’ and ‘tacky and horrible’.
Left-wing firebrand Tony Benn, who spent more than 50 years as an MP, died two weeks ago aged 88.
Around 750 politicians and public figures, including Cherie Blair, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, paid their last respects at an emotional service in Westminster’s St Margaret’s, known as ‘the parish church of the House of Commons’.
As they gathered Diane Abbott tweeted a picture of the order of service and said she was sat behind Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and next to former Home Secretary Jack Straw.
‘In St Margaret’s Westminster waiting for #TonyBenn funeral to begin. Greatest Labour politician of his generation,’ she also wrote.