Diane Abbott

An Underfunded Mental Health Strategy Is No Strategy At All

Diane Abbott | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The government's mental health strategy, like its 'plan' for a seven-day NHS, amounts to telling the NHS to do more work without the finance to implem...

STPs - A Dagger Pointed At The Heart Of The NHS

Diane Abbott | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The Government has initiated 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for the NHS in England. Under this innocuous-sounding title lies a major threat the continued existence of the NHS... The effects will be equally devastating, with the closure of beds, of key units including paediatric, maternity and cardiovascular and of whole A&E departments which are now bearing the brunt of the cuts elsewhere in the NHS. Entire hospitals will close in The Black Country and in Leicestershire, while many others including Cheshire and Merseyside will have 'fewer beds'. The plans are based on wilful self-delusion.

Day Four at the Democratic Convention

Diane Abbott | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

This National Convention is all about Hilary. But last night Barack Obama gave his last speech as President of the United States of America to a Democratic National Convention and, as he put it, "passed the baton on" to Hilary Clinton. It was a great speech.

Day Three at the Democratic Convention

Diane Abbott | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The Democratic National Convention made history last night. It was the first time that the partner of the presidential nominee got to do anything other than look up adoringly at their beloved. Instead this partner got to speak for a whole hour eulogising their mate. But this partner was President Bill Clinton and the presidential nominee was his wife of over forty years Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Diane Abbott Sat On Panel Hosted By Pfizer Lobbying Company

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott sat on the panel of an event hosted by the world’s largest lobbying firm, Edelman, four months ago. Edelman’s clients include Pfizer ...

Day One of the Democratic Convention

Diane Abbott | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

There is lot of interest in Jeremy Corbyn here. Most of the nonsensical British media coverage has not impacted on ordinary Americans and they see him as a progressive insurgent on the Sanders model with Sanders uncanny ability to enthuse idealistic young people.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

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. In the face of this crisis, the government as part of its wider budget reductions, has made its biggest cuts to local public health, which includes local health visitors, child obesity programmes and school nurses. This is not only wrong-headed, but a scandalous false economy.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Yet for the last six years the Conservative Party had sold the myth of austerity, promising that that cutting public services would "save money", rather than simply put our poorest citizens through unnecessary misery - or worse -and chock off a sustainable economic recovery. The NHS has been biggest casualty of his this ideologically-driven slash and burn of the public sphere.

Labour Will Stand Solidly Behind a 0.7% Aid Budget

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

If this government were to use its power to ban such unjust practices and address inequality at its core, it would boost developing nations' public finances, which could be spent by their governments on their own sustainable development. But until that day, the Labour Party stands solidly behind maintaining 0.7%.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

At the last High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2011, the coalition government sent a delegation led by Minister Stephan O'Brien. But sadly, this time round, no minister from the UK Government will attend. In addition, the Department for International Development (DFID), the lead department for this UN meeting, is not planning to send a senior member of staff either. In the context of a meeting that is expected to be well attended by ministers and even presidents from some countries, this sends a bad message about the importance the UK places on a successful High Level Meeting.

My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My biggest hope for the World Humanitarian Summit is that resources are allocated to support grass roots women-led organisations, which have been shown to have the greatest impact in delivering both safety for the women of the global south and prosperity for their communities.

'It Is A Smear To Say Labour Has A Problem With Anti-Semitism' Says Diane Abbott

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott today claimed it is a “smear” to suggest Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism – despite the party this week suspending an MP and...

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

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 about on the news or witness for themselves on holidays to nations in the developing world. The EU's political impotence in the face of the migration emergency means that this is no longer the case: thousands of street children are now sleeping rough on doorsteps from Athens to Paris.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Britain's refusal to shut its tax havens also makes possible tax avoidance by global corporations and global leaders. This is a stitch up. Meaningful reform of the tax system in the interest of the public is being prevented due to the interests of the world's rich and powerful, who are making a killing. Those literally being killed from this cosy deal are the world's poor. An estimated 1,000 children die each day across the developing world because illicit and untaxed income is spirited away from developed countries into tax havens.

Diane Abbott Just 'Effortlessly Trolled Left And Right' With Bernie Sanders Doubts

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK

Diane Abbott has raised a few eyebrows among Labour members for saying she was unwilling to back an election candidate who would not appeal to the wid...

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The camp is a fragile and desperate place. There are thousands of people, including babies and very young children, living in freezing conditions with no education, limited food and healthcare. The efforts of the volunteers and agencies responding to the crisis are remarkable, but it is quite clear that much more needs to be done.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

I agree with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB that a crackdown on global tax havens is a necessary step towards ending this rampant global inequality. Indeed, it is also a necessary step towards international development more broadly... A Labour Government will genuinely tackle tax avoidance and work for ambitious global agreements on international development that seek to tackle inequality and its drivers.

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

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 consequences of the recent flooding. This is a false choice - however, it is not the only threat to Britain's international development budget.

Nick Robinson Forced To Remind Diane Abbott It's His Job To Ask Corbyn Questions

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK

Veteran BBC journalist Nick Robinson has delivered a swift admonishment to Diane Abbott, the shadow frontbencher who complained about his quizzing of ...

Special Adviser-Bashing Is Lazy and Overplayed

Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Graeme Demianyk

When Charles Kennedy passed away last year, he was universally and rightly praised for devoting his life to politics. The phrase "career politician" never came up. Is it so reprehensible to make sure a minister hits all his marks compared to being an MP in your 20s? Or a councillor, or any political job?

Diane Abbott Branded Left-Wing 'Sell Out' Amid Labour Reshuffle Infighting

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics

The bad feeling within the Labour Party in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle deepened on Wednesday evening, after Diane Abbott criticised the past...

These People Really Aren't Happy With Letwin's Prejudicial Comments... About Disco

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK

Oliver Letwin's claim that helping black youth in the 1980s would have merely helped them to "set up in the disco and drug trade” has led to savage ...

Labour Can Look Forward to Moving Forward in 2016

Diane Abbott | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My constituents and Britain as a whole needs a Labour Party that together takes the opposition to the Tories and deliver a Labour government the country so desperately needs; an equal and fair society with housing for all, a world class national health system, plus well-paid and high-skilled jobs. Let's make it happen.

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

Anti-War Protesters Branded Misogynistic After Targeting 'Childless' Stella Creasy

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

An anti-war demonstration has suffered a huge backlash over claims it targeted the home of Stella Creasy, with one person saying this was ok because s...