Diane Abbott

MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour

Diane Abbott campaigned to remain in the European Union

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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 hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Suicide 13 Jan 2017

    To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of suicide in prisons.
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Young People 11 Jan 2017

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2016 to Question 52848, whether it was her Department's chief scientific adviser or the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser who expressed concerns about the scientific basis of the trial; and if she will place in the Library or otherwise publish copies of any correspondence outlining those concerns.
  • Policing and Crime Bill: Duties in relation to Collaboration Agreements 10 Jan 2017

    I rise to speak to this large group of amendments. In moving on to making what I hope will be brief remarks, I have to say how disappointed I am that the Government were not willing to move on the question of parity of funding, which is an issue not just for groups of families involved in Hillsborough, but, as the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) pointed out, for individual families...

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Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

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


Topics of interest

  • 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 37 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Diane Abbott’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 84 written questions in the last year — above 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 62.40% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below 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.
  • 266 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Diane Abbott’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 670 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Jan 2017.

1. Employment and earnings
Fees received for co-presenting BBC’s ‘This WeekTV programme. Address: BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. (Registered 04 November 2013)
8 January 2016, received £700 for an appearance on 17 December 2015. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 14 January 2016)
21 March 2016, received £4,000 via Speakers Corner (London) Ltd, Unit 31, Highbury Studios, 10 Hornsey Street, London N7 8EL, from Thompson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP, for speaking and consulting on a panel. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 06 April 2016)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Muslim Charities Forum
Address of donor: 6 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7QD

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): for a member of staff and myself, return flights to Nairobi £5,170; one night's accommodation in Hargeisa £107.57; one night's accommodation in Borama £36.21; total £5,313.78

Destination of visit: Somaliland

Date of visit: 7-10 April 2016

Purpose of visit: to visit the different refugee camps and charities (development) in regards to the severe drought in Somaliland.

(Registered 18 May 2016)
Name of donor: British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Address of donor: Bleicherweg, 128002, Zurich, Switzerland

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights £200.14; one night's accommodation £177, train fare Geneva to Zurich £110; total £487.14

Destination of visit: Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland

Date of visit: 28-29 April 2016

Purpose of visit: to participate in a public panel discussion in Geneva in front of British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, its members and guests.

(Registered 18 May 2016)
Name of donor: Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria
Address of donor: Secretariat 5th Floor, 72 Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): for myself and a member of staff, accommodation, breakfast and dinner £1,155.88 plus flights at an estimated value of £1,405, total £2,560.88

Destination of visit: Nigeria

Date of visit: 29 May - 2 June 2016

Purpose of visit: to deliver speech on education and visit education and maternal health development projects.

(Registered 27 June 2016)
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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