Diane Abbott MP
born in 1953, was the first black female to be elected to British Parliament. Her constituency is Hackney North and Stoke Newington, one of the most culturally diverse in the country.
Diane Abbott is politically active at local, national and international levels. Humanity and human rights lie closest to the heart of her work, focusing on the creation of a better society. In Parliament, she has served as a member of the National Executive Committee, The Treasury Select Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee. She was instrumental in the creation of the Labour Party Black members Caucus. She is unswerving in her support for national and international political and community organisations. She has been awarded the Ministers Medal of Appreciation for Services to the Island of Jamaica.
Diane Abbott has worked as a prominent journalist on television and print; as a race relations officer on The National Council of Civil Liberties; has served on Westminster City Council; as a principal press officer for Lambeth Council; and amongst other broadcast apprearances, she is a regular guest on the BBC1 late night political discussion show with Andrew Neil and Michael Portillo MP.