Politics 20 May 2010 The problem with Diane Abbott Yes, she’s a woman. But she’s not credible. Print HTML I thought I was dreaming when I heard Diane Abbott declaring for the Labour leadership this morning. The move was unexpected, though welcome, as it widens the field. And it is indeed good to have a woman on the ballot paper. However, it is less clear whether her candidacy -- which is not likely to fly -- will ultimately help the cause of women in politics. Abbott is not highly valued in the Labour Party. Here is my quote for the day, from the excellent new Labour Uncut website: It is a shame . . . that MPs will be forced to choose between having a woman in the election, which most would like to see, and having Diane Abbott in the election, which most do not want to see. Twelve weeks' subscription for just £5.99, plus a free copy of "Liberty in the Age of Terror" by A C Grayling. › How the Lib Dems walked away from Labour James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Tony Blair might be a toxic figure - but his influence endures PMQs review: George Osborne is improving but Angela Eagle gives Labour MPs cause for cheer North Yorkshire has approved the UK’s first fracking tests in five years. What does this mean?