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Ms Dianne Abott MP

Ms Dianne Abott MP is the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and has been an MP continuously since 11 June 1987.

In 1987 Ms Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator.

From the outset of her career, Ms Abbott has championed global justice, human rights, peace and security issues at home and abroad. She has been a vocal campaigner around race relations, transparency and justice around policing, surveillance, Stop and Search, and detainment without trial. 

In September 2015, Ms Abbott was appointed Shadow Secretary for International Development. Diane became Shadow Secretary for Health in June 2016 before serving as the first black female Shadow Home Secretary until earlier this year. Diane also Chairs the British-Caribbean All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the APPG for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia.

During the 2019 Annual Labour Party Conference, Chair Dr Maurizio Bragagni OBE had the opportunity to introduce to Ms Abbott the Tratos-led initiative for Safer Structures, which received her full support to lobby for stricter cable regulations for safer homes and buildings across the UK.