Diane Abbott

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...

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Globally an estimated 37million people were living with HIV at the end of 2014 and AIDS-related deaths are at a global low of 1.2million a year. But we are seeing a rising death toll in the Middle East and North Africa, in Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

At The Telegraph, Veteran Labour MP Diane Abbott Is Know As Something Very Different...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

Social media users have called out the Daily Telegraph for a tweet referring to Hackney MP and Shadow International Development Diane Abbott as "Corby...

The Waugh Zone November 30, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday November 30, 2015… 1) MR WHIPPY? Today is a huge, huge day for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party...

Diane Abbott Once Argued 'Mao Did More Good Than Harm'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott once made the case that Chairman Mao did more "good than harm" during a debate over who was the history's worst dictator. Back in Febr...

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Two months on - and despite much media coverage being relentlessly anti-Jeremy - we can see that the new way of doing politics Jeremy stands for is starting to shift the political landscape in Britain, shaking the Government on key issues (most notably cuts to working families' tax credits) and bringing new support to the Labour Party.

After Two Labour MPs Dodge The Question, John McDonnell Tweets The Party Will Reverse Tax Credit Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Politics

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell this afternoon revealed Labour would reverse the Tory cuts to tax credits – despite two Shadow Cabinet members bein...

'I AM LABOUR I AM LABOUR! Get it?' Mike Gapes Is Mad As Hell With The Corbynistas

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MP Mike Gapes had clearly had his Weetabix this morning when he logged on to Twitter. The Ilford South MP, who has served in the Commons sin...

Diane Abbott Gets A Social Media Roasting After Brutal Radio 4 Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Diane Abbott has sparked uproar on social media after an interview on BBC's Today programme when she attempted to play down tensions in the shadow cab...

Diane Abbott Laughs Off 'Sad Answer' Jibe As She Struggles To Explain Labour's Economic U-Turn

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics

Labour’s economic policy confusion continued this morning as Shadow Cabinet Minister Diane Abbott laughed off trying to explain a u-turn on the part...

Labour MPs Hit Back At Diane Abbott Over 'Self-Indulgent' Criticism

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MPs have hit back at Diane Abbott, after the shadow international development secretary criticised party colleagues who were considering backin...