Diane Abbott

Diane Julie Abbott(born 27 September 1953) is a British Labour Party politician who is the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development . She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney North and Stoke Newington at the 1987 general election , when she became the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons .

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 Diane Abbott's Biography

Early life and career[edit]

She has since said that Cambridge was the making of her.After university she became an administration trainee at the Home Office (1976 to 1978), and then a Race Relations Officer at the National Council for Civil Liberties (1978 to 1980).Abbott was a researcher and reporter at Thames Television from 1980 to 1983 and then a researcher and reporter at the breakfast television company TV-am from 1983 to 1985. Abbott was a press officer at the Greater London Council under Ken Livingstone from 1985 to 1986 and Head of Press and Public Relations at Lambeth Council from 1986 to 1987.

Political career[edit]

In 1987 she was elected to the House of Commons , replacing the deselected serving Labour MP Ernest Roberts as MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington. Elected along with Keith Vaz , Bernie Grant and Paul Boateng , she was the first woman from an African Caribbean background to become an MP.

She has been seen by supporters as a "maverick, a free-thinker, willing to rebel against the party machine".

and further recognition at the 2008 Human Rights awards.

2010 leadership election and frontbench role[edit]

Main article: Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2010

On Saturday 25 September 2010, Ed Miliband was announced as the new leader of the Labour Party with Abbott eliminated in the first round of voting after securing 7.24% of votes.

Diane Abbott speaking at theNew Statesmanhustings for the Labour Party leadership election, 2010

said on 27 September 2011 that Abbott had "become one of Labour’s best front bench performers".

Subsequent developments and return to front bench[edit]

Main article: London Labour Party mayoral selection, 2015

On 30 November 2014, Abbott announced her intention to put herself forward to become Labour's candidate at the London mayoral elections in 2016.She was unsuccessful in her bid for Labour's 2015 London mayoral election nomination

Following Corbyn's election as Labour leader, Abbott was appointed to the post of Shadow Secretary of State for International Development .

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 Diane Abbott's Media work

This Week. Abbott and Portillo have known each other since school, when they appeared in joint school productions ofRomeo and Juliet(although not in the title roles), and ofMacbethas Lady Macduff and Macduff respectively.

were made in breach of BBC guidelines that banned payments to MPs who were representing their political parties. For her part, Abbott had correctly declared the payments in the Parliamentary Register of Members' Interests. The Trust also said that Abbott had appeared on the show too often.

,Celebrity Come Dine with MeandCash in the Celebrity Attic.

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 Diane Abbott's Personal life

Abbott chose her Conservative MP voting pair , Jonathan Aitken , as her son's godfather .

.She performed Chopin's Prelude No. 4 in E minor before an audience.

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 Diane Abbott's References

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