LABOUR MP DIANNE ABBOT HAS done a lot during her 30 plus years in parliament. She began her political career in 1987, where she became one of the first Black […]
LABOUR MP DIANNE ABBOT HAS done a lot during her 30 plus years in parliament.
She began her political career in 1987, where she became one of the first Black people to be recruited by Labour in 100 years, despite objections from her own party, the Conservatives and far-right group the National Front.
Throughout her career, an unphased Abbot who’s now 67, continued to go against the grain and her own party by voting against then boss Tony Blair’s decision to invade Iraq, raising tuition fees and renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system.
The Hackney and Stoke Newington representative was also only one of 18 MP’s to vote against the 2014 Immigration Act which was what enabled the Windrush scandal to take place.
But none of those achievements mean more to Abbot than representing her local community or opening the door for other black females to become MP’s as she was the first one to do so in a decade.Embed from Getty Images
In an interview with Vogue, she said: “Apart from the things I’ve been able to do for Hackney, the thing I’m proudest of is that I’ve lived to see a whole new generation of young Black women coming to Parliament. The first 10 years, I was there on my own.”
And setting the blueprint for other young black females to follow into politics is something Abbot still gets excited about up to this day.
She added: “Now, I’ll be going to chamber and there will be these Black women! I never cease to get a kind of thrill out of it.”