Diane Abbott Interrupts MPs Debating Investigatory Powers Bill To Answer Her Phone

It came after Abbott dismayed some onlookers during the Women Of The Year Awards – also by using her mobile.

One of those present at the event last month said the Hackney MP was on her phone “the whole way through” a film paying tribute to Hillsborough families campaigner Margaret Aspinall, and during a speech by the PM praising her work.

Abbott’s office later told The Huffington Post UK that she was dealing with the breaking news that Lisa Nandy’s Urgent Question on the child sex abuse inquiry had been granted in the Commons.

“She talked briefly on her phone after receiving a call but then because she didn’t want to disrupt the event, she used email to correspond with her office about the Urgent Question,” her spokeswoman said.

“She decided not to leave the table but instead use her phone. It was not to text, browse, or show disrespect.”

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