Diane Abbott MP calls for inquiry following CIA torture report

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Diane Abbott MP calls for inquiry following CIA torture report

London MP Diane Abbott is calling for an inquiry into how much British ministers knew about CIA torture tactics.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP said the United States had “come clean” about tactics used following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“There needs to be an inquiry as to how much British ministers knew at the time of extraordinary rendition,” she told the Headline Interview.

“Did they know they were handing people over to the United States for this brutal torture that we know about.”

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP also said there are question marks above the head of former Home Secretary David Miliband over the extent of his knowledge.

She added: “I’m sure that David Miliband would want to be completely transparent.”

The US Senate released the report into torture tactics used by the CIA between 2001 and 2007.


During the interview with Evening Standard Political Correspondent Joe Watts, she also talked about the future of the Labour party and how it would be “unthinkable” to go into coalition with UKIP.

She said: “If Ed Miliband announced that the Labour party was going into coalition with UKIP there would be mass resignation from the party.

“Going into coalition with them would be unthinkable”

The 61-year-old also discussed the future of the party, how Chuka Umunna would make a good Labour party leader and the Iraq war being an issue for Londoners.


Ms Abbott is set to run for Mayor of London and outlined some of her policies which include rent control in the capital and freezing rail fares for four years.

She also discussed the devolution of power to London and taking on educational responsibility.


Growing up in London, Ms Abbott said she faced racism but didn’t let her background hold her back.

She studied history at Cambridge before starting a career in television and eventually moving into politics. 

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