English Democrats chair tells PinkNews ‘Diane Abbott looks unwell’ after Ebola jibe

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English Democrats regional chairman Steve Uncles has said that Diane Abbott “does not look well” – after claiming that the Labour politician had Ebola.

Steve Uncles, who is the South East Chairman for the right-wing fringe party, said on Facebook last week that “there is a God”, because there was a “rumour” that Hackney MP Diane Abbott has Ebola.

He wrote: “Rumour that Labour MP Diane Abbott has contracted Ebola …. There is a God ?”

Replying to PinkNews’ coverage today, Mr Uncles said: “Diane was on the Sunday Politics Show .. Over the weekend in London…she does not look well.

“Let’s hope she makes a full recovery.”

Diane Abbott is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, and often campaigns on issues such as inclusive PSHE, homophobic hate crimes, and international LGBT issues.

She responded previously: “Sadly, as of late this is typical of the type of comment that has been posted to Twitter about me by certain people. This man was a South East England European Election candidate and it’s worrying that he is striving towards becoming part of mainstream politics. The remarks reveal how toxic anti-immigrant politics has become since the rise of UKIP.”

Uncles earlier this year defended fellow English Democrat candidate Julia Gasper, who said: “There are far too many homosexuals in Parliament”.

He said she was “factually correct.”

The English Democrats in the 2014 European elections scraped just 0.8% of the vote (126,024 votes), down from 1.8% in 2009.