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Diane Abbott

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Shadow Home Secretary
Assumed office
6 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingAmber Rudd
Preceded byAndy Burnham
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
27 June 2016 – 6 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingJeremy Hunt
Preceded byHeidi Alexander
Succeeded byJon Ashworth
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingJustine Greening
Preceded byMary Creagh
Succeeded byKate Osamor
Shadow Minister for Public Health
In office
9 October 2010 – 8 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byGillian Merron
Succeeded byLuciana Berger
Member of Parliament
for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded byErnie Roberts
Majority35,139 (62.4%)
Personal details
Diane Julie Abbott

(1953-09-27) 27 September 1953 (age 67)
London, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Richard Thompson (1991–1993)
Children1 son
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial 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]