The caller, introduced as Richard from Manchester, backed the Shadow Home Secretary to become the next Labour leader. Richard said he was “surprised” more people had not mentioned Ms Abbott as a possible leadership contender in the party. However, when radio host Shelagh Fogarty pressed the caller for reasons why Ms Abbott could defeat Boris Johnson he failed to provide any.
Richard said: “I’m very deeply surprised that this lady has not been included in the list of potential leaders of the new party.”
The LBC host asked: “Who do you mean?”
Richard replied: “I mean Diane Abbott.
“I don’t understand why she’s not been part of this conversation.”
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Shelagh Fogarty challenged Richard’s choice
Ms Fogarty said: “Can Diane Abbott beat Boris Johnson at the next election?
“Not because he turns out to be rubbish but because she has something genuine to offer?”
The caller responded: “That’s a good point, I think it is unlikely.
“If Labour had won the election and people were happy.”
Shelagh Fogarty grilled the caller on his reasons for supporting Ms Abbott
The LBC host interjected: “You’re doing it again, if, if, if!
“If you can not say why Diane Abbott can win and that she can win why do you want her to be the leader of the Labour Party?”
Richard replied: “Because look at the others.”
Ms Fogarty interjected a second time: “You’re doing it again!
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Richard outlined that he felt Diane Abbott was the only person who could challenge the Johnson
“You don’t even believe she can beat Boris Johnson so why the heck do you want her as the Labour leader?”
The caller responded: “I think nobody will beat Boris Johnson if everything is implemented.”
The LBC host said: “Someone has to eventually.”
Richard replied: “Well in my view the one person who can do it at the moment is Diane Abbott.”
Ms Fogarty concluded: “But you don’t know why.”