Jeremy Corbyn and his Left-wing ally MP Diane Abbott were lovers in the 1970s, it was alleged on Wednesday night. Friends have told the Times that Mr Corbyn and Miss Abbott began their relationship in the late 1970s and were described as the “dreadful duo” during their time spent together as councillors in north London.
Reports of their alleged relationship emerged on Wednesday after Mr Corbyn was criticised for failing to intervene when Miss Abbott, who has just been appointed shadow international development secretary, attacked a female MP who questioned the new leader on Monday evening.
Witnesses told the Telegraph that Miss Abbott snapped at Labour MP Jess Phillips for questioning Mr Corbyn about the lack of women in his new new shadow cabinet.
Miss Abbott reportedly told Miss Phillips, “your not the only feminist in the PLP” as the new Labour Leader stood by and watched the exchange without intervening.
A source close to Mr Corbyn revealed to the Times that there had been a ‘brief fling’ between the two politicians, which included a holiday together.
Friends have said Miss Abbott would often stay at Mr Corbyn’s home and the couple made no secret of their affair.
The pair have always been close allies on the left of the Labour party and Miss Abbott was a huge supporter of Mr Corbyn’s election campaign. Both Mr Corbyn and Miss Abbott have not responded to requests for comment.