Black History Month – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott drawing

Diane Abbott  came from a working class background to become the first black woman MP in Britain in 1987, and has remained an MP for the past 30 years.

Abbott has consistently voted in favour of LGBTQ rights, welfare benefits and progressive taxation; and against more racist immigration rules, mass surveillance and the Iraq war.

Having faced down vicious racism and sexism to take her place as an MP, Abbott still receives abuse in the mainstream and social media: half of all offensive tweets sent to women MPs during the 2017 election campaign were to her. In spite of this, Abbotts majority (how much she won by) is bigger than Theresa May’s entire vote.

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