Diane Abbott

Independent MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

@HackneyAbbott https://facebook.com/Dianeabbott

Equality and Human Rights

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of where prejudice or discrimination should be made illegal and where exceptions should be made to permit otherwise illegal discrimination. MPs have also voted on the degree to which "human rights" are protected.

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Diane Abbott almost always voted for laws to promote equality and human rights

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

Major votes

  • On 7 Dec 2021: Diane Abbott voted to explicitly require immigration and enforcement officers to avoid using their powers in a way that could endanger life at sea. Show vote
  • On 19 May 2021: Diane Abbott voted to bring Government policy in-line with human rights where the courts have found policy incompatible with human rights. Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2019: Diane Abbott voted to legalise abortion in certain circumstances in Northern Ireland as soon as the act comes into force, to enable two persons who are not of the same sex to be eligible to form a civil partnership in Northern Ireland and make a wide variety of other amendments to the Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2019: Diane Abbott voted to permit same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Diane Abbott voted to largely retain the EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Diane Abbott voted against repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; for plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and for a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending. Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2014: Diane Abbott voted against only allowing human rights grounds to be used to prevent a foreign criminal being deported in cases where there would be a breach of the right to life, or right not to be tortured; and against adding a new exemption to deportation for cases where harm to the criminal's children outweighs the public interest in removal. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Diane Abbott voted in favour of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights having a duty to support the development of a society where people's ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination and there is respect for human rights. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Diane Abbott voted to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2012: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Human Rights Act 1998 Repeal Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 — Application of Discrimination Laws to Mariners Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2009: Diane Abbott voted yes on Equality Bill — New Clause 3 — Mandatory pay audits Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2009: Diane Abbott voted yes on Equality Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 11 May 2009: Diane Abbott voted no on Equality Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote

Scoring Agreements

Agreements are when Parliament takes a decision without holding a vote.

This does not necessarily mean universal approval, but does mean there were no (or few) objections made to the decision being made.

No scoring agreements are part of this policy while this member was elected.

Minor votes

  • On 20 Apr 2022: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Before Clause 11 — Interpretation of Part 2 — Compliance with International Agreements Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 11 — Differential Treatment of Refugees — Impact Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — New Clause — Compliance with the Refugee Convention Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2021: Diane Abbott voted to explicitly prohibit Advanced Research and Invention Agency resources from being used in any way that would contravene human rights. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2016: Diane Abbott voted to call on the Government to ensure women and protected groups are not disproportionally impacted by tax and benefit changes and against publication of a gender equality strategy to improve the position of women. Show vote
  • On 9 Dec 2015: Diane Abbott voted for an assessment of the impact of Government policies on women; to mitigate any disproportionate burden on women and to publish a gender equality strategy. Show vote
  • On 1 Jul 2015: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2014: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Care Bill — New Clause 11 — Human Rights Act to Apply to All Providers of Regulated Social Care Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Diane Abbott was absent for a vote on Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 — Publication of Equality Objectives by Specified Public Bodies Show vote

Informative Agreements

Agreements are when Parliament takes a decision without holding a vote.

This does not necessarily mean universal approval, but does mean there were no (or few) objections made to the decision being made.

No informative agreements are part of this policy while this member was elected.

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