Diane Abbott

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Diane Julie Abbott (born September 27, 1953 in Paddington, London) is a British Labour MP in the constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington. She was the first female black MP when elected in the 1987 General Election.

Born to Jamaican immigrants she went to Harrow City Girls' School and then Newnham College, Cambridge where she read history. After leaving university she became a researcher for Thames Television. Between 1976 and 1980 she was a civil servant and then between 1982 and 1987 a journalist. In the late 1980s she became the press officer of the Greater London Council (then led by Ken Livingstone).

Diane Abbott was married to David Thompson in 1991 until a divorce in 1993, she has one son by that marriage.

She attracted criticism from all political parties in late October 2003 and accusations of hypocrisy, after revealing her decision to send her son to the City of London School, one of the top public schools in the country, after having criticised Solicitor General Harriet Harman for sending her son to St Olave's, a selective, although state, school in Orpington, Kent, and Tony Blair for sending his son to a similar school, the Brompton Oratory (which is also officially a state school). However, Abbott herself said she reluctantly did so as she feared that her son could get into trouble in a state school because he is a black male.

She has also pursued a media career, acting as a pundit (often with Tory Michael Portillo) on the BBC.

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