Diane Abbott

Celebrating our diversity

James Beckles  |  11 October 2017

Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role black Britons have played in the struggle for social justice, writes James Beckles October not only marks the start of brand new month but the start of Black History Month. This year Black History Month is even more significant as it celebrates its …

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Anger issues

Emma Bean  |  5 September 2017

Women in politics and the public eye are facing intolerable abuse – and it can only serve to put others off, reports Emma Bean The price to pay for being in the public sphere seems to be a barrage of attacks from all sides. Intimidation and tweets threatening attacks on you and your family now seem …

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Working-class woes

Ben Dilks  |  6 July 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world Coming just a day after the news that key backer David Sainsbury is to withdraw his financial support from party political causes, Progress included, at the end of 2017, this year’s annual conference might have been a sombre affair. Instead the atmosphere was buoyant as activists …

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The Last Word: Correcting a historic injustice

Richard Angell  |  30 June 2017

A big win for Stella Creasy, fighting for single market membership, cracks in Labour’s newfound unity, and a thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I am proud to know Stella Creasy on most days, but yesterday she showed politics and our movement at its best. She spoke with power …

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The Last Word: Offensive – and wrong

Richard Angell  |  7 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s warped view of history, Diane Abbott on taxing private schools, and a sad farewell to Sarah Hayward – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I had two statements ready for the outcome of Ken Livingstone’s hearing regarding his Adolf Hitler ‘supported Zionism … before going mad’ outbursts of April 2016. …

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Out of the comfort zone

Ayesha Hazarika  |  14 June 2016

Labour must look like the country it seeks to serve Diversity is a hot issue at the moment. Everyone is talking about it. We cheered Beyoncé showcasing Black Lives Matter at the Superbowl. We tutted at why so few actors of colour were nominated at #Oscarsowhite. We rejoiced at Sadiq Khan becoming the first Muslim mayor of …

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Words are not enough

Robert Philpot  |  2 December 2015

On Syria, Labour has been here before Next July marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. Over three years, General Francisco Franco’s nationalist army unleashed what became known as ‘the white terror’ as it sought not simply to conquer territory held by the Republican government, but to subdue, subjugate and …

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Who’s got their party back?

The Insider  |  25 August 2015

Well, that escalated quickly. When he entered the Labour leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn was best known to historians of British parliamentary rebellions. While he has long been a doughty campaigner for the British left, they had not seen him as being at the very front rank of their depleted ranks. In past elections, John McDonnell, Diane …

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Runners and riders

Lewis Baston  |  5 June 2015

Lewis Baston profiles the candidates in Labour’s London mayor candidate selection Diane Abbott has been member of parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman ever elected to parliament. Before being elected she was a civil servant and a broadcast journalist. Although she did not take ministerial office, she has …

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A dereliction of duty and a waste of public resources

Diane Abbott MP  |  27 March 2015

While I am outraged at the latest disclosures about the snooping activities of Scotland Yard, sadly, I am not hugely surprised. State paranoia about the Labour movement has existed since its conception and the news that members of Special Branch surveilled sitting members of parliament is just the latest incident in a series of unwholesome …

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