Diane Abbott

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Delaying the Fight Against Childhood Obesity Means We Risk Sleepwalking Into a Public Health Crisis

(23) Comments | Posted 22 July 2016 | (20:03)

The health of children should be a priority for any Government as a moral duty, but also for the very practical reason that the savings made by cutting their care will be eclipsed by the multiplied costs of caring for them in adulthood.

This couldn't be truer than today, as...

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Our Understaffed and Underfunded NHS Is a Direct Result of This Government's Ideological Attachment to Austerity

(26) Comments | Posted 8 July 2016 | (20:25)

Jeremy Hunt had few answers from the barrage of cross bench concern this week's parliamentary debates on the NHS funding and the impact of Brexit on the NHS.

When asked what he was doing to ensure that the NHS gets the £350million a week that it was promised during the...

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Labour Will Stand Solidly Behind a 0.7% Aid Budget

(9) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (02:24)

The Mail on Sunday's campaign on Britain's commitment to use of 0.7% of its gross national income on the world's poor has generated enough clicks on its e-petition to trigger a parliamentary debate.

The debate has been brought by Tory MP Steve Double, the marionette of MoS,...

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High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS - Where's the UK?

(3) Comments | Posted 7 June 2016 | (12:29)

This week, a high level political meeting takes place at the UN in New York to discuss the steps member states need to take to end AIDS. We are at a crucial point in the fight against AIDS
We need to scale up the response over the next...

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My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

(3) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (16:20)

When I was a girl on my first visit to my mother's birthplace, Smithville, a tiny ramshackle village in the mountains of central Jamaica, my grandmother carried our three enormous suitcases on her head down a long mountain path to the bus, where we would say goodbye and return to...

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David Cameron Is Shirking Responsibility Over Syria

(13) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (12:28)

Last Friday al-Kammouneh, a Syrian refugee camp a stone's throw from the Turkish border, was attacked from the air killing dozens in a suspected war crime.

"Look here! They're all women and children! No one else!" screamed an elderly refugee from among the wreckage in...

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This International Day of the Street Child, Britain Must Commit to Helping Europe's Unaccompanied Child Refugees

(10) Comments | Posted 12 April 2016 | (00:00)

Today, on the International Day for Street Children, we in Europe must acknowledge that we have a problem - a known unknown - of a rising number of young and vulnerable people who need protection.

The vast majority of Europeans see street children as a faraway problem that they hear...

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Panama Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Global Tax Avoidance Is Literally Killing the Poor

(21) Comments | Posted 4 April 2016 | (13:50)

We knew global corporations were avoiding tax, now the Panama-papers leaks have shown us that world leaders are at it too.

But Panama is only the tip of the iceberg.

Britain itself is the head of the world's largest financial secrecy network, and...

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The Situation in Calais Is a Test of Our Principles, Humanity and European Co-Operation

(14) Comments | Posted 3 February 2016 | (23:00)

On Wednesday, I asked Justine Greening in International Development Questions whether the government would be taking children from refugee camps in Europe.

This followed myself and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visiting the refugee camp in Calais that has become known as the Calais Jungle. The purpose of my visit...

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Extreme Global Inequality Is Out of Control - Something Must Be Done

(9) Comments | Posted 22 January 2016 | (23:00)

Coinciding with the World Economic Forum in Davos this week Oxfam has issued a report - entitled An Economy for the 1% - outlining how wealth inequality has grown to the stage where 62 of the world's richest people own as much as the poorest half of the...

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We Need to Defend the DfID Budget and Make Sure It Is Used for International Development

(5) Comments | Posted 12 January 2016 | (23:00)

Prime Minister Questions last week saw Conservative MP Philip Davies argue (sadly echoing the comments of an MP from our own benches over the Christmas break) that money should be taken from the international development budget to pay for the much needed extra resources to deal with the...

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Labour Can Look Forward to Moving Forward in 2016

(18) Comments | Posted 10 December 2015 | (23:00)

In the last week-end of the campaign, I and hundreds of others were out in the rain campaigning for Labour's candidate Jim McMahon in the Oldham West and Roydon by-election.

The whole Labour family came to Oldham in the course of the campaign: the leader of the Scottish Labour...

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Britain Must Continue to Be a Global Leader in the Fight to End AIDS

(8) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (23:00)

Kampala, Uganda. They wait for me in a phone-booth sized 'shabeen' bar, the rain cracks down on the tin roof. One of our last meetings is with Lady Mermaid's Bureau, an outreach group that works with female sex workers of all ages. This is just one of the ten different...

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Two Months In, The New Way of Doing Politics Jeremy Corbyn Stands for Is Shifting the Political Landscape

(45) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (23:00)

On 12 September, I attended the packed Labour Party Special Conference to see the announcement of Jeremy Corbyn's resounding victory in the Labour Party leadership election with more than 251,000 of 422,000 votes.

As John Prescott commented at the time, "the party gave an overwhelming endorsement to this man" who...

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The Tories Have Cut Your Standard of Living - Labour Needs to Improve It

(12) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (00:00)

The majority of people of have seen their living standards fall under the Tories. Labour needs to offer policies that will raise living standards for the majority. It's the right thing to do and the popular thing. Jeremy Corbyn's plan to replace austerity with investment-led growth is right- and is...

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Making London's Air Fit to Breathe

(1) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (00:00)

The fight to cut air pollution in London is literally a life and death matter.

Some 9,500 Londoners die from air pollution every year - with the poorest parts of the capital worst hit by pollution. London has the highest levels of air pollution of any European capital.

Everyone in...

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We Must Oppose and Defeat This Latest Assault on Trade Union Rights

(9) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (15:25)

The Trade Union Bill published on 15 July contains a fresh assault on collective trade union rights. Alarmingly, this follows a series of weakening measures designed to limit individual employment rights under the previous ConDem Coalition government. These new proposals are wide ranging attacks on our trade unions which with...

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We Must Ensure That Young Voices Are Heard and Valued in Shaping London's Future

(3) Comments | Posted 26 June 2015 | (00:00)

This blog is a written response to Kenny Imafidon's recent HuffPost Young Voices blog, 'Open Letter to All Potential Mayoral Candidates (A Response Would Be Nice)', which can be read here

Kenny, as a lifelong Londoner, and a London MP of more than twenty eight years, I hear...

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Richard Benyon MP and London's Housing Crisis

(16) Comments | Posted 5 July 2014 | (17:20)

Last week I raised the issue of London's housing crisis in prime minister's Question Time. Specifically I challenged prime minster Cameron on the activities of his colleague, the multi-millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon. His family company has acquired a minority interest in the New Era Estate in Hackney. The new...

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Terrorism and Citizenship

(66) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (07:35)

Ever since 9/11 the debate about terrorism has become a debased currency. The media and most of the political class seem to have completely lost sight of the fact that terrorist suspects are entitled to due process. And the distinction between a suspected terrorist and a convicted terrorist sometimes seems...

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