Diane Abbott

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The Right Honourable
Diane Abbott
MP
Diane Abbot Corbyn leadership rally August 2016.jpg
Shadow Home Secretary
Assumed office
6 October 2016*
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Amber Rudd
Preceded by Andy Burnham
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
27 June 2016 – 6 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Jeremy Hunt
Preceded by Heidi Alexander
Succeeded by Jon Ashworth
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Justine Greening
Preceded by Mary Creagh
Succeeded by Kate Osamor
Shadow Minister for Public Health
In office
9 October 2010 – 8 October 2013
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Gillian Merron
Succeeded by Luciana Berger
Member of Parliament
for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by Ernie Roberts
Majority 35,139 (62.4%)
Personal details
Born Diane Julie Abbott
27 September 1953 (1953-09-27) (age 63)
London, England, UK
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Richard Thompson (1991–1993)
Children 1 son
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
Website Official website
*Lyn Brown served as Acting Shadow Home Secretary while Abbot was on leave from 7 June 2017 – 18 June 2017.

Diane Julie Abbott (born 27 September 1953) is a British politician. She was born and raised in London. Her parents were Jamaican immigrants. She is the Member of Parliament for the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency in London. She was the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons when she was elected in the 1987 General Election.[2] In 2010, Abbott became Shadow Public Health Minister after unsuccessfully standing for election as leader of the Labour Party.[3][4][5] Abbott was made Shadow Home Secretary by Jeremy Corbyn in October 2016.

She attended Newnham College, Cambridge.[6]

Abbott is a frequent public speaker,[7] newspaper contributor[8] and TV performer. She has been on programmes such as Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Come Dine with Me[9] and Cash in the Celebrity Attic.[10]

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