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30 November 2015

Telegraph rebrands shadow cabinet member Diane Abbott MP “Corbyn’s former lover”

Shadow international development secretary in demotion by rightwing newspaper SHOCK.

By Media Mole

Diane Abbott is a Labour MP, and has been since 1987. She is now in the shadow cabinet, as shadow international development secretary. She’s a pretty senior politician, all told. But this hasn’t stopped the Telegraph choosing to describe her as “Corbyn’s former lover”. In a story that has nothing to do with the Labour leader, or the MP’s past relationship with him.

In fact, there’s no sex in this story at all. It’s about a traffic scheme.

Here’s how they promoted it on Twitter:

And here’s the first line of the piece:

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General sexism in reporting aside, your mole can’t help thinking there were other traffic concerns at play when this piece was written…