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Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott has been a member of the Labour Party for over thirty years. She has served the party at every level: she has been a ward organisor and a grassroots activist; she was active in her then trade-union the ACTT (film technicians union) and served as the union’s full-time Equality Officer in 1986; in 1982-1986 she served on Westminster City councillor as one of London’s first female black councillors and she was an elected constituency representativeon the National Executive of the Labour Party from 1994- 1997. Because of her lifetimes service to the party, Diane feels strongly about reviving party democracy and rebuilding the party

Diane was elected to Parliament as the member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987. She was Britain’s first black woman MP. In her time in Parliament, Diane has never been afraid to stand up for the views of ordinary Labour party members. And in 2003 she was one of a small group of Labour MPs to vote against the Iraq war. Diane understands that in the real world compromises are sometimes necessary .But she believes that, if Labour is to flourish, it is vital to rediscover our sense of moral purpose. And equality and human rights has always been at the heart of her politics.

She believes that the coming leadership contest has the potential to energise the party and engage the public. She looks forward to debating ideas with people in every part of our movement and helping to build the Labour Party of the future.

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