Diane Abbott

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Diane Abbott
MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Heidi Alexander
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
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
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by Ernie Roberts
Majority 24,008 (48.1%)
Personal details
Born Diane Julie Abbott
27 September 1953 (1953-09-27) (age 62)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Richard Thompson (1991–1993)
Children 1 son
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
Website Official website

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.[1] In 2010, Abbott became Shadow Public Health Minister after unsuccessfully standing for election as leader of the Labour Party.[2][3][4]

She attended Newnham College, Cambridge.[5]

Abbott is a frequent public speaker,[6] newspaper contributor[7] and TV performer. She has been on programmes such as Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Come Dine with Me[8] and Cash in the Celebrity Attic.[9]

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