Barry Gardiner was challenged on why senior members of the Labour Party have not agreed to give any interviews so close to the general election of December 12. Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer have attended Labour rallies but have yet to appear on one-on-one talks with the press. Radio host Iain Dale confronted the Labour frontbencher on his LBC show: "What’s happened to Diane Abbott? And Emily Thornberry? And Keir Starmer, during this election?
"We haven’t seen sight nor sound of them. You’d have thought Diane Abbott might have been out talking about the terror attack but she hasn’t.
"You’d have thought Keir Starmer would be out talking about Brexit, given this is supposed to be the Brexit election."
Mr Dale continued: "We hear he and Emily Thornberry have been silenced because they don’t want to sign up to Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on this. I mean, we hear a lot from you, that’s a very good thing, too.
"But why aren’t we hearing from these three big beasts of the Labour jungle?"
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General election 2019: Dale confronted Gardiner over his colleagues not appearing as often (Image: LBC)
General election 2019: Gardiner insisted his colleagues continued to campaign for Labour (Image: LBC)
Mr Gardiner defended his colleagues, insisting he and Diane Abbott had shared a stage on several occasions: "I’ve been around the country, I’ve been where Diane has been giving speeches.
"I’ve been on the same platform as her and she’s been doing that around the country."
Mr Dale hit back: "She hasn’t given a single interview in this campaign, not one. Nor Keir Starmer. Nor Emily Thornberry."
The Labour frontbencher insisted the radio host should be more persistent to get his colleagues on air: "You need