Diane Abbott

(Diane Julie Abbott)

Diane Abbott
Diane Abbott
  • Born: September 27, 1953
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician

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Diane Julie Abbott is a British Labour Party politician who was appointed Shadow Home Secretary in October 2016. 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 hold a seat in the House of Commons. Born in Paddington, London, Abbott studied History at Newnham College, Cambridge University. She worked in the Civil Service and as a reporter for Thames Television and TV-am before becoming a press officer for the Greater London Council. Abbott was elected to Westminster City Council in 1982. She unsuccessfully stood in the 2010 Labour leadership election, and was later appointed as Shadow Minister for Public Health by Ed Miliband. She also unsuccessfully attempted to be the Labour candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election.

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Being an MP is a good job, the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children – clean, indoors and no heavy lifting. What could be nicer? Families, Children & Parenting
Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party.
Because when you watch U.S. television, all the presenters and reporters, they're all out of central casting.
Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Finally, there's a sense in which I look at this Westminster village and London intelligentsia as an outsider.
Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue.
I believe every abortion is a tragedy.
I don't think you can have pain and soul-searching doing the right thing for your child.
I knew what could happen to my son if he was sent to the wrong school and got in with the wrong crowd.
I spend a lot of time visiting local organisations. Time
I want to write a best-selling book.
I wanted my marriage to work, but it didn't. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs.
I'm a West Indian mum and West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children.
I'm not the only Labour MP who sent their child to public school but I'm the only one who's questioned about it.
I'm not thick-skinned at all, and of course I'm hurt by people attacking me as a person.
In Parliament we debate on and we decide the laws that are going to govern the country.
In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's very lonely bringing up a child on your own.
Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
My family were from Jamaica. Families, Children & Parenting
My father was a manual worker.
My forebears refused to cut the sugar cane for plantation owners, and I am recognisably a product of that background.
My London constituency in Hackney has one of the highest levels of gun crime in the country. But the problem is no longer confined to inner city areas. Gun crime has spread to communities all over Britain.
My mother liked Jim Reeves. I hated his records. He was unbearable.
Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn't quite have.
Tackling childhood obesity is key.
The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons. Truth ;Government
When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.
You learn from mistakes.

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