Diane Abbott supports the monarchy as she prepares for Privy Council
Watch: Shadow home secretary says it is 30 years since she criticised the Queen.
Diane Abbott has made a bid to tone done her anti-monarchist views as she prepares to be made a member of the Privy Council.
The well-known left-winger claimed it was “30 years ago” that she last expressed anti-monarchist sentiment. But she refused to say if she will swear allegiance to the Queen when she is made a member of the Privy Council.
The Cabinet Office is expected to announce that Abbott, the shadow home secretary, is to join in the new year. She will be accompanied by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.
Privy counsellors are expected to kneel on a footstool and kiss the Queen’s hand during a ceremony. Abbott and Thornberry will also have to vow to be a “faithful servant” to the monarch as part of the oath for joining.
Abbott declined to say on Sky News if she will cross her fingers while saying she will be a faithful servant to the Queen.
The Hackney MP once co-authored a pamphlet which backed the ‘dismantling’ of the monarchy.
But challenged about such views, she insisted: “I think you will find that – if I did say that – that was 30 years ago. The British people have huge respect for the Queen and I am in favour of having a monarchy.”