Jeremy Corbyn “showed off” a naked Diane Abbott to impress his Left-wing friends when he was a young Labour activist according to the book ‘Comrade Corbyn’.
The Labour leader invited fellow activists to his London flat where they were “shaken” to find Ms Abbott in his bed naked according to one of his close friends.
The incident took place in 1979 just after Corbyn’s first marriage broke down due to his political involvement and spending no time at home with his wife and family.
Corbyn’s friend said:
“One Sunday autumn morning, he had broken up with Jane [Chapman, his first wife], and we were out leafleting. And for some reason he called four or five of us and said: ‘Oh, we’ve got to go back to my flat and pick up some leaflets.’
“It seemed a bit odd – ‘Why the hell didn’t you bring them with you, Jeremy?’ So we all bowl along to his bedsit, follow Jeremy into the room; there on the mattress on the floor in the one room is Diane with the duvet up to her neck, saying: ‘What the ****’s going on?’
“We were quite shaken. You know what it’s like when people you know both sides of break up – you have no inkling they’re going to break up, then suddenly they break up. So there was a bit of people’s surprise at that. It was [the] late ’70s, it was still a point of interest, a white man with a black woman, so he was slightly showing off: ‘I’ve got a new girlfriend, and she’s black’.”
Abbott was 26 at the time and was employed as a race relations officer for the National Council of Civil Liberties (NCCL) when they met. The affair lasted less than a year but they remain close friends and political confidantes to this day.