Diane Abbott

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Diane Julie Abbott (born 27 September 1953) is a British Labour Party politician and current Shadow Health Secretary. 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.


  • Being an MP is the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children — clean, indoors and no heavy lifting.
    • Independent, 18 January 1994.
  • White people love playing ‘divide & rule’. We should not play their game.
    • Twitter post reproduced in Daily Telegraph, 5 Jan 2012 [1]
  • On balance Mao did more good than harm.
    • On BBC One's This Week during a debate over who was the history's worst dictator. [2] (27/11/2015)

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