Diane Abbott

MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

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

Last updated: 22 Feb 2017

Recent appearances

  • Detention of Vulnerable Persons — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] 14 Mar 2017

    It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Anne McLaughlin) on securing this really important debate on a subject that does not get enough public scrutiny. In 1998, the Labour Government—my Labour Government—published a White Paper with the title, “Fairer, Faster and Firmer—A Modern Approach to...
  • Detention of Vulnerable Persons — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] 14 Mar 2017

    As one of the few people in the Chamber who was actually in the House when immigration detention as we know it was introduced, I have never forgotten that when we queried the lack of due process and safeguards we were told that people would only ever be in detention for a few months. The use of immigration detention has mushroomed, and the length of time has expanded, and that has shone a...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Controlling and Coercive Behaviour 6 Mar 2017

    The Opposition welcome the introduction of this legislation—it was, after all, Labour party policy—but when are the Government going to put their money where their mouth is on domestic violence? We know that local authority spending cuts have severely impacted on specialist domestic abuse services, which has meant cuts and closures. Women and children are being turned away daily...

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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

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  • Has spoken in 40 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Diane Abbott’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 47 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 64.05% 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.
  • 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") 681 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Mar 2017.

1. Employment and earnings
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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