Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Labour leadership #5

Diane Julie Abbott

Born 27 September 1953
Married Richard Thompson, divorced
Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987.

Attended Harrow County Grammar School
Studied History at Newnham, Cambridge.
Admin trainee @ Home Office 1976-1978.
Race Relations Officer @ NCCL 1978-1980
Researcher/reporter Thames TV 1980 -1983.
Researcher/reporter TV-am 1983-1985.
Press Officer GLC (Livingstone) 1985-1986.
Head of Press and PR Lambeth Council 1986-1987.

Elected to Westminster City Council 1982-1986.
Elected MP 1987

She is well known, possibly because of her TV show "This Week", where she and Michael Portillo discuss, errm, the Political events of the week.

She has been called a hypocrite because she chose to send her son to a private school, whilst condemning others for doing so. She is, as far as Mrs Rigby is aware, against Grammar Schools - although she attended one herself.

She decided to enter the Labour leadership race because she thought the "white, male candidates 'all look the same'."

She likes the idea of positive discrimination.

Of all the Labour Leadership candidates mentioned so far she has the longest political experience, although she has never been a government minister. At 56 (57 in Sept) she is the oldest leadership candidate - almost 17 years older than Andy Burnham.

She managed to gain the necessary 33+ nominations only after John McDonnell had stood aside and asked those who had nominated him to switch their allegiance.

The Mail reports that Mr David Miliband has nominated her rather than himself.

To be honest Mrs R thinks it's highly likely she will be elected Deputy Leader of the Party - they 'have to' have a woman to satisfy the quota hunters and to claim some legitimacy and stamp their feet on the moral high ground when demanding parliament and employers follow their equality-hunting rules - doesn't matter too much whether the individual is any good, it's their genetic inheritance that's most important.

1 comment:

Race Equality Secret Service said...


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