Diane Abbott: "Oddly, everyone I have spoken to has never mentioned meeting Mr Sellwood nor any other of their prospective candidates."
Hackney North's Green candidate, Matt Sellwood, accused Diane Abbott of being "disinterested" in green politics and said her constituents were telling him:"These days we see Diane more on the telly than we do on the streets."
In his blog Matt reported that Diane didn't vote in a closely fought rebellion over Emissions Performance Standards for new coal-fired power stations in the UK.
He said: "Diane didn't bother to turn up. Having, apparently, told Friends of the Earth that she would be rebelling." He added "I can guarantee that when there is a vital, close-fought amendment, on which I have been lobbied and made promises about - I'll turn up to Parliament to vote!"
Blood and Property asked Diane for a comment.
She said: "It is not often I do not vote in Parliament but it is difficult when I have commitments in my constituency. On the Wednesday evening of the vote, I was helping congratulate students at Hackney Community College at their annual awards, which is why I was unable to be in the House. I then went to a tenants meeting on Woodberry Down.
"Both of these commitments were long standing in my diary and issues I felt to be very important. Having been an MP for 23 years, I have learnt how best to use my time and believe it is often best spent out in the constituency, attending meetings and helping constituents with their issues.
"Every week without fail I am out in the constituency and every weekend I and the local Labour party are out knocking on doors and meeting people. Oddly, everyone I have spoken to has never mentioned meeting Mr Sellwood nor any other of their prospective candidates."
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