Following a terror attack in Streatham on Sunday, MPs gathered in Parliament to debate prison sentencing measures. Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon made a speech, replying to his Government counterpart Robert Buckland. However, eagle-eyed viewers on Sky News were much more focused on the bizarre actions from Diane Aboott, who was sat on the Labour front bench.
As her colleague spoke, Ms Abbott’s eyes appeared to flutter continuously as if she was struggling to keep them open.
At some moments, the Shadow Home Secretary’s eyes remained closed for an extended period of time.
Those watching the debate were stunned at what appeared to be going on.
Many concluded that the Labour MP must have been falling asleep.
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Diane Abbott stuns viewers as she appears to fall asleep during Parliament terror debate
Following a terror attack in Streatham on Sunday, MPs gathered in Parliament to debate.
One user encouraged others to tune in, saying: “Get Sky News on if you can.
“It’s hilarious watching Diane Abbott falling asleep in the Houses of Parliament whilst her colleague is talking about the serious issue of releasing terrorists from prison early. You can’t write this stuff!”
Lee Hadwin commented: “Well watching Sky News Parliament Newshour. Look at Diane Abbott.
“I think the poor soul is tired! Wake up!”
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon made a speech.
Steve also tweeted when he noted the MP’s eyes fluttering: “She’s going, going and she’s gone!”
Ronnie Farmer did not find it as funny as others did: “Absolute disgrace! Diane Abbott still falling asleep in the Commons and to make matters worse, it was Burgon delivering a speech.”
Simon Wright wrote: “Diane Abbott literally falling asleep on the Labour front bench as Burgon talks terror. How on earth did she keep her seat at the election?”
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Sudesh Amman, 20, was named as the terrorist responsible for the attack in south London had been recently released from prison after serving time for terror offences.
He was under active police surveillance at the time of the attack, which police believe to be an Islamist-related terrorist incident.
Three people were injured, with one person in a life-threatening condition.
Boris Johnson said the Government would announce further plans for “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” on Monday.
Mr Burgon criticised the Government over cuts to the justice system during their time in power.