Diane Abbott uses N-word on live television as she describes online abuse directed at her

Diane Abbott used the N-word on breakfast television (PA)

Diane Abbott shocked breakfast TV viewers this morning by using the N-word live on air.

The shadow home secretary was appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss the racist and sexist abuse she receives from Twitter trolls.

Ms Abbott shocked presenters and viewers when she said she had been called a “n***** b****”.

The shadow home secretary was speaking about the abuse she receives from Twitter trolls (Rex)

She said she has also received rape and death threats, in the interview ahead of a Committee on Standards in Public Life into intimidation of election candidates.

The senior Labour MP said: “When we discovered that we were getting half of these abusive tweets it was really quite frightening.

“And when I say abuse it’s not people saying ‘I disagree with you about nationalising the railways’, it’s people calling you a ‘n***** bitch’, it’s people threatening acid attacks, it’s rape, it’s death threats.

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“And it’s upsetting for me but also very upsetting for my staff.”

Presenter Susanna Reid said the content of the abuse was too offensive to be broadcast on the show.

She responded: “Obviously people listening to those abusive terms will also be upset by them, you’ve received them directly.

Ms Abbott received almost half of all abusive tweets sent to female MPs in the run-up to the General Election (Rex)

“We can’t broadcast them obviously on the programme at this time in the morning.”

Amnesty International revealed earlier this month that Ms Abbott received almost half of all the abusive tweets sent to female MPs in the run-up to June’s General Election.

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