Diane Abbott

Donald Trump 'Responsible For International Rise In Hate Crime', Diane Abbott Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK

Diane Abbott has said the election of “anti-Muslim, anti-migrant” Donald Trump has caused a rise in international hate crime and fuelled “rising...

NUS Launches Helpline For Students Affected By Government's 'Racist' Prevent Strategy

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students (NUS) is launching a helpline for student activists “negatively impacted” by the government’s Prevent programme, ...

Fascism Must Never Trump Democracy

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tess Finch-Lees

Now is not the time to hide in a bunker. If something's worth fighting for, be it the NHS, libraries, equality, or multi-culturalism, get out and fight for it. It'll take more than armchair activism to salvage any hope from this wreckage.

The Waugh Zone November 18, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday, November 18… 1) BERLIN CALLING Senior European leaders today gather for the first time since Donal...

Watch The 'Jaw-Dropping' Moment Diane Abbott Interrupted MPs' Debate

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics

MPs witnessed a “jaw-dropping” moment in Westminster today when Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott left a debate on the security services to take ...

Labour Will Overturn Tories' Disgraceful Decision To Deny An Orgreave Inquiry

Diane Abbott | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

There are few things in politics that are truly shocking. But Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision to deny any Inquiry at all into the incidents at the Orgreave coking plant in 1984 and subsequent events definitely falls into that category. There was widespread disbelief and anger on the Opposition benches following the announcement... This denial of truth and justice cannot stand. The OTJC will not simply go away. Trade unionists, the labour movement, and all those who believe the state should not be above the law will continue this fight. And Labour in Government will grant a full public Inquiry on day one in office.

The Waugh Zone October 25, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday, October 25… 1) USING THE B-DAY It’s airport expansion D-Day. The Cabinet sub-committee meets ...

Diane Abbott Accuses Daily Mail Of 'Smear' After 'Calling Out' Ill Treatment Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, has engaged in a war of words with the Daily Mail newspaper over a report suggesting the MP is “asha...

Standing Up To Anti-immigrant Rhetoric Is A Quintessential British Value

Diane Abbott | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Not only is this government responsible for these catastrophic economic outcomes and the plight of millions, but it also happens to be one of the most racist governments that I have experienced as a Member of Parliament in nearly 30 years.

The Prevent Strategy Isn't Working

Diane Abbott | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The majority of this strategy is aimed at the Muslim community. It has an alienating effect of a community already experiencing discrimination and rising hate crime. In the past, it would have been others and who knows who it might be used against in future. It is all entirely counter-productive. There is no evidence that it has prevented anything. It is time for a major review of the strategy and a fundamental rethink by Government.

Diane Abbott Blasts The Media For Backlash Over Lily Allen's Calais Apology

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has defended Lily Allen for the singer’s apology to Calais migrants “on behalf of Britain”. The Shadow Home Secretary said Allen wa...

Abbott Denies Disrespect During Hillsborough Award Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has rejected claims that she showed any disrespect by being on her phone during an awards ceremony for a leading Hillsborough campaigner....

The Waugh Zone October 18, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday, October 18… 1) A CABINET TO VYE FOR Jeremy Hunt was admirably candid on Today yesterday when he...

Shami Chakrabarti: A Grade-A Hypocrite

Anthony Blair | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Blair

Shami Chakrabarti is a hypocrite for sending her kids to private school, and this left-wing hypocrisy over education will destroy the Labour party.

The Waugh Zone October 10, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday, October 10… 1) NOTHING LIKE A DANE Theresa May’s visiting Denmark (and Holland) today to rally...

Jeremy Hunt To Staff NHS With 'Home-Grown' Doctors

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt is to dramatically expand the number of ‘home-grown’ doctors in a bid to replace overseas medics in the wake of Brexit. The Health Sec...

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%.