Diane Abbott

The Row Over the New Era Estate Shows the Alliance of Old and New Money

Cat Mcshane | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cat Mcshane

Being a "good landlord" is not one that seeks to make excessive profit out of their tenants, nor play with their security. But in this overheated property market, all the power lies with the person who owns the property, and why wouldn't they want to make the biggest return they can?

Housing in Hackney - The Truth

Richard Benyon | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Benyon

Diane Abbott's article on the Huffington Post is factually inaccurate and politically motivated. I understand that we are in a febrile stage of the political timetable and that a "Tory toff" is a tempting target in the simplistic world of sound bite politics. But the truth of the housing issue in Hackney that spurred her attack is very different from how she and others have portrayed it. For obvious reasons this situation has been personalised to me. It has been suggested that I have been personally going around "evicting" needy tenants from "social" housing in Hackney for my own gain. I haven't.

Richard Benyon MP and London's Housing Crisis

Diane Abbott | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Ordinary London families are being treated like counters on a Monopoly board by multi-millionaires like Richard Benyon MP and his family company, for whom housing in London is merely a business opportunity. Labour knows that housing is also about stable families and communities and we will shape our policies accordingly.

Rich Tory MP Accused Of 'Driving Poor Tenants Onto The Streets'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Tory Richard Benyon, Britain's richest MP, has been savaged for putting families in east London at risk of losing their home by hiking their rent. ...

Margaret Hodge Says Being London Mayor Would Be 'Fantastic'

Ned Simons | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

"Lots of people are asking me to stand," Margaret Hodge says. But what will be the point at which the chair of the public accounts committee and terroriser of tax avoiders makes a decision?

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Is Cable Toast?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 29 May 2014... 1) IS CABLE TOAST? The Lib Dems are in the midst of a proper political cris...

Tony Blair Seems To Now Be Popular With The People Who Usually Hate Him

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics

Tony Blair has moved to unite the left against Ukip in his strongest attack yet against Nigel Farage and the eurosceptic party. The former prime m...

Diane Abbott Accuses Ukip Of 'Sinking To Gutter' By Appealing To Racism

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

Diane Abbott has launched a cutting attack on Ukip, accusing the party of "sinking to the gutter" by appealing to anti-immigrant fears to gain votes. ...

Terrorism and Citizenship

Diane Abbott | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

In the debate the Home Secretary claimed that the whole point of the measure to make it easier to remove certain people from the UK. However she was unable to explain how she was going to remove people whom she had rendered stateless and so would have no passport.

Cuts Show Cameron Is Creating a Victorian 'Two Nations'

Diane Abbott | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Never has George Osborne's hypocritical catch-line "we are all in this together" sounded more hollow than with the news that 10% of the poorest areas, including my own borough of Hackney, have been hit by cuts that average over 25% of their local authority budget. Meanwhile some of the wealthiest areas have not just avoided the cuts, but have seen their grants rise under this government.

Yes, Labour 'Got It Wrong' About Immigration, But Not in the Way Its Frontbenchers Seem to Think

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Enough with the apologies. Week after week, senior Labour figures queue up to express regret over the party's record on immigration... Give it a rest, folks. For a start, the mea culpas are unnecessary.

I Don't Need a Picture of Diane Abbott

Katie Hopkins | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

Taxpayers ask a great deal of their MPs. We want them to fix their pot holes, resolve their planning disputes and somehow stop people parking where they shouldn't. We also want them to represent our views fairly in Parliament - no matter how divided those views maybe. The one thing we didn't ask for was a whacking great picture of them in case we forget their good deeds or looks.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Middle Class Miliband

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 14 January 2013... 1) MIDDLE CLASS MILIBAND Restoring the quality of life for middle class ...

Mark Duggan Inquest Shows We Need Better Relations Between Police and Community

Diane Abbott | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

But the anger about the death of Mark Duggan was never just about the man himself. It was about long standing issues between communities and the police. So anger about this week's verdict of "lawful killing" is about so much more than the technicalities of the case.

Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Law Which Will See Repeat 'Offenders' Jailed For Life

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Ugandan parliament on Friday passed an anti-homosexuality bill that will see repeat “offenders” jailed for life. MP David Bahati was behin...

Ed Miliband Sacks Diane Abbott

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has been sacked from the Labour frontbenches by Ed Miliband, and is now urging the Labour leader to take a stronger line on immigration h...

Alastair Campbell: 'Incredibly Dangerous' Not To Intervene In Syria

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

Alastair Campbell has warned it would be "hugely irresponsible and incredibly dangerous" if the world does not intervene in the conflict in Syria. ...

MPs Call For Free Vote On Syria Intervention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

British MPs from across the political spectrum called for a free vote on the looming intervention with Syria when Parliament is recalled. As David ...

Diane Abbott Hints At London Mayor Bid

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has dropped a strong hint that she may run for mayor of London once Boris Johnson's second term ends in 2016. In an interview with Pro...

Health Ministers Spend £120,000 On Tea And Biscuits Since January

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics

Health ministers have come under fire after it was revealed their department spent over £100,000 on tea and biscuits in the last six months alone, as...

Looking Backwards Is Not the Way Forwards for Society and Masculinity

Kathryn Langston | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Langston

Both those on the left and those on the right of the political spectrum seem to agree that an emphasis on family is key to addressing numerous social problems, including the current 'crisis of masculinity'. But while the left see this as an opportunity to broadening the horizons of manhood, conservatives are grasping at outdated gender tropes.

'Mr Speaker, I Am In Love'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has raised eyebrows in Parliament by declaring his love for Labour left-winger Diane Abbott. The Education Secretary was fielding ques...

'Masculinity Defines Men, Rather Than the Reverse' - Why the 'Masculinity' Debate Is So Important

Natalie Gyte | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Gyte

The truth is that men, through socially defined 'masculinity', have always enjoyed a privileged relationship with social and economic power. Through history, the idea of 'manhood' has been centred in physical strength, toughness, earning, providing, and dominating, creating a paradigm in which we have been collectively socialised to the idea of 'masculinity' within every faculty of our psyche.

The Masculinity Debate Is Not One-Sided: You Just Aren't Listening

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

O'Sullivan writes about wanting a space where men feel comfortable to speak, and I can sympathise - feminism exists, in part, to give women the voice that they were so sorely lacking in mainstream society.

Cameron Isn't Redefining Marriage, He's Wrecking It

Mike Judge | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

There can no longer be any doubt, this Bill wrecks marriage. Labour's amendment, scrawled on a dog-eared scrap of paper and hastily tabled in the Commons at the eleventh hour. The Bill to wreck marriage has social liberals giddy with delight.