Labour leader says shadow home secretary is still not well after she pulled out of two major election events on Tuesday.
Jeremy Corbyn has said that the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, is to be replaced by the shadow policing minister “for the period of her ill health”.
Speaking on a campaigning visit to Glasgow, the Labour leader said that Abbott was still “not well”.
Labour said in a statement: “Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, has asked Lyn Brown to stand in for Diane Abbott as shadow home secretary for the period of her ill health.”
Abbott pulled out of two major election events on Tuesday due to illness amid relentless criticism from the Tories, who see her as a weak link in Labour’s team.
She was also featured on the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Mail, with Corbyn and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, under the headline “Apologists for terror – the Mail accuses this troika of befriending Britain’s enemies and scorning the institutions that keep us safe.”
Corbyn told BBC Breakfast that she had not been well for a “couple of days” and was “taking a break from the campaign”. He said: “Of course Diane is somebody that works extremely hard and represents her community very well and I have to say has received totally unfair levels of attack and abuse not just recently – over many years.”
Asked how long she would be taking a break, Corbyn replied: “I’ll be talking to her later on today – she’s not well at the moment.”