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Diane Abbott MP
Diane Abbott, New Statesman hustings, trimmed.jpg
Shadow Minister for Public Health
Assumed office
9 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Gillian Merron
Member of Parliament
for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by Ernest Roberts
Majority 14,408 (31.0%)
Personal details
Born 27 September 1953 (1953-09-27) (age 66)
Paddington, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Richard Thompson
(m. 1991-1993, divorced)
Children Son
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
Diane Abbott

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]