Diane Abbott On Her Hopes For Hackney, Gang Crime, Her iphone & The F Word

Diane Abbott

I caught up with Diane Abbott who was kind enough to spare a few minutes answering some questions for Hackney Hive,  and I’m happy to report  that like me, the  incumbent Hackney North & Stoke Newington Labour MP,  lets off a few F bombs  when needed.

1)  What was the deciding factor that made
you run again to represent Hackney North & Stoke Newington?

I’m running again because there’s still a lot of things I want to do in Hackney. I want to see more jobs for local people on the Olympic site, more action taken on the root causes of gun, gang and knife crime and I want to protect services like the Homerton, the five new schools we have built and push for more improvements for Hackney, like the East London Line.

3)  Where do you stand on Hackney Loyalty
Cards for local business in Hackney?

I think they are a good thing. They encourage people to use local shops and help keep areas thriving. Areas like Stoke Newington Church Street and Dalston, where I live, have a village feel and regular customers use shops there all the time. It would be great if businesses had a way of rewarding them for their loyalty, while promoting their business.

What is your current state of mind?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

A four letter word beginning with F

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to play the piano properly

Where would you like to live?

I love Dalston, where I currently live, particularly now we have a brand new overground station. But, if I could live anywhere, it would be a very pretty listed building which was at the end of the road that I used to live in Palatine Avenue in Stoke Newington

What do you most value in your friends?


What is your most treasured possession?

My Iphone

Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandmother

Who are your favourite writers?

Alice Walker

Ms Abbotts Official website

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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