Jess Phillips: A Political Obituary?
She, meanwhile, communicated like normal people. Often this involved swearing in public at people she didn't like. "This is fucking personal!" she screamed at Corbyn’s Chief of Communications, Seamus Milne, during a dispute in the House of Commons canteen, surrounded by journalists. She told Britain's first black MP, Diane Abbott, to "fuck off!" during another public row over alleged lack of female representation in Corbyn's cabinet. Did she regret using abusive language? "People said to me they had always wanted to say that to her [Abbott], and I don't know why they don't as the opportunity presents itself every other minute," she later explained. A report by Amnesty International found that Diane Abbott faces the most online abuse of any MP in the House of Commons. This is Phillips’ version of speaking truth to power.