Diane Abbott

Shadow Home Secretary

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Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour

Diane Abbott’s voting in Parliament

Diane Abbott is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Diane Abbott sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Diane Abbott almost always voted against introducing foundation hospitals, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Diane Abbott consistently voted against the Iraq war, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Diane Abbott generally voted against Labour's anti-terrorism laws, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Diane Abbott generally voted against requiring the mass retention of information about communications, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Diane Abbott generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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Diane Abbott has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 12 Sep 2017

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) 16 Oct 2017

    The Minister will be aware that we cannot move on to trade talks with EU negotiators until we have resolved the questions of the Irish border, the financial settlement and EU citizens’ rights. When will Ministers accept that the Government’s current proposals on EU citizens’ rights post-Brexit fall short because, among other things, EU citizens will not have the same right...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students 16 Oct 2017

    The Minister knows that international students are different from other types of migrants. They are temporary; they make a vital economic and cultural contribution to our universities; they contribute billions of pounds to our economy; and public opinion correctly does not think of students as immigrants. When will Ministers listen to voices from all parts of the House and remove...
  • Immigration Act 2016: Section 67 19 Jul 2017

    The House understands the Government’s preference to take unaccompanied children directly from the region. I have visited the camps in France and Greece. The Minister needs to be reminded that the children are already there, often living in horrible conditions and at the mercy of traffickers and sexual exploitation. How many children in 2017-18 will come into this country under section...

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Profile

Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election

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Topics of interest

Diane Abbott campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Department for International Development
  • International Development
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Haiti
  • Catering
  • Mental Health
  • Health
  • Asylum Seekers

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Home Secretary (since 6 Oct 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Health (27 Jun 2016 to 6 Oct 2016)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (14 Sep 2015 to 27 Jun 2016)
  • Shadow Minister (Public Health) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs: Entry Clearance Sub-Committee (25 Nov 1997 to 19 Nov 1998)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (16 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
  • Member, Treasury Committee (15 Nov 1995 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jan 1997)
  • Member, Treasury & Civil Service Sub-Committee (17 May 1989 to 8 Nov 1995)
  • Member, Treasury & Civil Service Committee (15 May 1989 to 8 Nov 1995)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

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More about this

  • Has spoken in 30 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Diane Abbott’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 14 written questions in the last year — average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 95.83% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 20 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 272 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Diane Abbott’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 693 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Oct 2017.

1. Employment and earnings
Fees received for articles written for The Guardian. Address: Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU:
3 November 2016, received £60. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 10 April 2017)
10 November 2016, received £100. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 April 2017)
22 December 2016, received £285. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 10 April 2017)
23 February 2017, received £410. Hours: 6.5 hrs. (Registered 10 April 2017)
16 March 2017, received £100. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 April 2017)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Mahir Kilic
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,723

Donor status: individual

(Registered 07 July 2017)
Name of donor: RMT
Address of donor: Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 07 July 2017)
Name of donor: Unite
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 07 July 2017)
8. Miscellaneous
Since December 2015, a trustee of the Diane Abbott Foundation, which works to excel and improve education. (Registered 26 October 2016)

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