Diane Abbott has changed her views on the IRA, after she previously claimed “a defeat for the British state would be a great liberation”.

Speaking to Andrew Marr, the shadow home secretary said a quote he produced was 34 years old, and “we have all moved on”.

She told him: “I had a rather splendid Afro at the time. I don’t have the same hair style, I don’t have the same views – it is 34 years on.”

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