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Diane Julie Abbott

Diane Julie Abbott (born September 27, 1953) British Labour MP in the constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington[?]. She was the first female black MP when elected in 1987.

Born in Paddington, London to Jamaican immigrants she went to Harrow City Girls' School[?] and then Newnham College, Cambridge[?]. After leaving university she became a researcher for Thames Television. Between 1976-1980 she was a civil servant and then between 1982-1987 a journalist. In the late 1980s she became the press officer of the Greater London Council (then led by Ken Livingstone).

Diane Abbott was married to David Thompson until a divorce in the mid-90s, she has one son by that marriage.

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