Andrew Neil and Diane Abbott
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Diane Abbott on Miliband, Watson and union claims

5 July 2013 Last updated at 13:44 BST

Ed Miliband has been "pushed by commentators who want to insist he is a puppet of the unions" over his response to the Falkirk allegations, the shadow public health minister has said.

Diane Abbott said her leader "has to be seen to take the positions he does" because of "constant relentless pressure from commentators".

She spoke to Andrew Neil about Tom Watson's resignation and the party suspending its Falkirk party amid allegations that the union Unite tried to interfere in selecting a new candidate.

Asked if the party's internal report into the suspension should be published, Ms Abbott said: "It would certainly help to clarify matters."


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