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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; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
0 votes for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, in 2003. Labour, 9 votes, in 2003
Diane Abbott generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
0 votes for, 4 votes against, 3 absences, between 2007–2016. Labour, 11 votes, between 2000–2019
Diane Abbott consistently voted against the Iraq war; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, between 2002–2003. Labour, 6 votes, between 2002–2003
Diane Abbott generally voted against Labour's anti-terrorism laws; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
13 votes for, 30 votes against, 27 absences, between 2001–2010. Labour, 81 votes, between 2001–2010
Diane Abbott generally voted against a stricter asylum system; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
3 votes for, 16 votes against, 12 absences, between 2002–2020. Labour, 38 votes, between 2002–2020
Diane Abbott generally voted against requiring the mass retention of information about communications; comparable Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, 3 absences, between 2014–2016. Labour, 9 votes, between 2009–2016
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Diane Abbott has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to review (a) guidance and training for teachers and school staff and (b) guidelines on child safeguarding in relation to strip and intimate searches undertaken by police officers on school grounds.
The Minister claimed that the Rwanda scheme will be a way of diminishing the small boats crossing the channel, but he will be aware that at least one Member of this House does not support his scheme: the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), who is not only a former Prime Minister, but a former Home Secretary. Can he explain to the House why he disagrees with his colleague, and what...
In our arcane system, the Prime Minister can sit as judge and jury on himself. As other Members have pointed out, this is a ridiculous system. I am willing to bet that the Prime Minister will not find himself guilty, even though the Metropolitan police have found him guilty of at least one breach of the covid rules, and my guess is that there are more crimes to come. This is a breach of rules...
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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
Diane Abbott campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Home Department
- Home Office
- Department for International Development
- International Development
- Mental Health
- Asylum Seekers
- Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
Currently held offices
- Member, Justice Committee (since 5 Jan 2022)
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (since 11 May 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Home Secretary (6 Oct 2016 to 5 Apr 2020)
- 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)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 3 May 2022.
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, for articles:
5 May 2021, received £100 for an article published on 22 April 2021. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 07 June 2021)
4 July 2021, received £400 from Operation Black Vote
, 18A Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PB, for delivering a presentation on 12 May 2021. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 02 August 2021)
Name of donor: GUBA Foundation
Address of donor: 459 Prince Regent Lane, London E16 3HX
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): International flights £805.07; accommodation £1,461.05; GUBA Awards event ticket £365.39; total value £2,631.51
Destination of visit: Accra, Ghana
Dates of visit: 5-12 November 2021
Purpose of visit: To participate in the GUBA Foundation Yaa Asantewaa Womens Empowerment Awards ceremony and meet other relevant civil society organisations.
(Registered 16 November 2021)
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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