Diane Abbott

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Diane Abbott

Diane Julie Abbott (born September 27, 1953 in Paddington , London ) is a British politician . In 1987 she was the first black woman in the British Parliament , in which she represents the London constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington . She is a member of the Labor Party and was proposed as a possible successor to Gordon Brown in 2010 . Abbott has been a member of the Shadow Cabinet since 2015 , after serving as Shadow Health Minister from October 2010 to October 2013.

The daughter of a nurse and welder who immigrated from Jamaica in 1951 attended Harrow County School for Girls , where she was the only black student. She then attended Newnham College in Cambridge . After graduating in history in 1976, she initially worked in the home office and then moved from 1978 to 1980 to work at the National Council for Civil Liberties , an interest group in the field of freedom and human rights . She then worked as a journalist for the television station Thames Television and the production company TV-am. In the late 1980s she became the press secretary for the Greater London Council .

Abbott had an affair with Jeremy Corbyn in the late 1970s . In 1991 she married David Thompson, but divorced him in 1993. She has a son from this marriage.

Diane Abbott joined the British Labor Party when she was 18. Her political career began in 1982 when she was elected to the Westminster Council . Abott is assigned to the left wing of the Labor Party and she is known for criticizing and addressing things directly within her own ranks. In October 2003 she faced criticism from all political parties and charges of hypocrisy when she announced her decision to send her son to the City of London School , one of the best private schools in England. She had previously criticized British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Crown Attorney Harriet Harman for sending their children to similarly elite (but state) schools.

Diane Abbott's literary work is also featured in New Daughters of Africa , an anthology of black women authors published by Margaret Busby in 2019 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. The Guardian, June 8, 2010: Harriet Harman nominates Diane Abbott for Labor leader
  2. offices on theyworkforyou.com, accessed on March 10 of 2019.
  3. a b c Leyla Keough: Diane Abbott . Entry in the Africana encyclopedia in the New York Times website archive
  4. ^ Profiles: Diane Abbott. BBC.com dated January 5, 2012.
  5. ↑ Presentation of candidates on bbc.co.uk on the occasion of the 2001 elections, accessed on March 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Guardian profiles on theguardian.com