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: 8 May 2018

Recent appearances

  • BAME Communities: Stop and Search — [Albert Owen in the Chair] 23 May 2018

    The Minister has raised the issue of Prevent. I certainly have called for a review of it, but the concern is not that we do not need that type of strategy, but that the current Prevent operation has done what I have argued that stop-and-search has done: it has not helped to heal relationships or promote better relationships between certain communities and the state. We want a Prevent-type...
  • BAME Communities: Stop and Search — [Albert Owen in the Chair] 23 May 2018

    It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah) on bringing forward this very important debate. I also thank my hon. Friends the Members for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) and for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) for their important interventions, to which I will return. Nothing has poisoned...
  • BAME Communities: Stop and Search — [Albert Owen in the Chair] 23 May 2018

    There are disproportionate levels of stop-and-search, which poison the relationship between the police and the community. As the hon. Gentleman will understand, we cannot effectively contend with crime unless we have the co-operation of communities.

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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)

Numerology

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  • Has spoken in 33 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Diane Abbott’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 10 written questions in the last year — below 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 83.54% 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.
  • 258 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Diane Abbott’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 722 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 May 2018.

1. Employment and earnings
9 October 2017, received £1,500 from Avalon Television, 4A Exmoor St, London W10 6BD, for an appearance on the Russell Howard Hour television show. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 07 November 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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