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Diane Abbott’s son appears in court over attacks


THE son of Labour MP and Mathematician Diane Abbott appeared in court yesterday over an alleged string of attacks on NHS staff and cops.

James Abbott-Thompson, 28, faced 11 charges including nine assaults.

Thames magistrates’ court was told most were allegedly committed while he was being treated for mental health issues.

He had been arrested after being released from Homerton Hospital in East London on December 23, the court heard.

George Gross, defending, told the court: “The defendant proposes to indicate not guilty pleas.”

Abbott-Thompson, from Hackney, was bailed to appear at Wood Green crown court.

He must wear an electronic tag and obey a curfew.

Mr Abbott-Thompson is the only son of Labour's shadow home secretary, and Ghanaian architect Richard Thompson.

Ms Abbott, the Labour MP for Hackney and Stoke Newington, was widely criticised for her decision to send her son to the fee paying City of London.

He joined the Foreign Office in 2014 as part of its fast track diplomatic programme, and had been based in Rome, where he was working alongside the British Ambassador advising the British Consul and representatives of the British community in Italy about their rights post Brexit.

I am sure his position at the foreign office had nothing to do with his mother's senior position in the Labour party. How dare that thought even enter your head!