Diane Abbott is a British Labour Party politician who has been the MP for Stoke Newington and Hackney East since 1987. When Abbott won her local constituency election in 1987 she made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. 
In 2010 she was appointed shadow minister for public health  but was removed in a shadow Cabinet reshuffle three years later. Abbott was re-elected in the 2015 general election with a majority vote of 24,008.  Following new leader Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow cabinet reshuffle, she was appointed Shadow minister for International Development in September 2015.
- About Diane, dianeabbott.org.uk, accessed 3 February 2012.
- Hackney North & Stoke Newington Parliamentary constituency BBC News, accessed 21 May 2015