Hackney North & Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott, has announced her intention to run as labour leader during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. A Cambridge graduate, Abbott 57, became the UK’s first black female MP in 1987.
The 6th person to throw her hat in the ring, which includes David & Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, John McDonnell and Andy Burnham, Abbott increased her constituency majority to 14,461, a majority of 31 per cent.
Two of the contenders live in the borough of Hackney. Diane Abbott lives in Dalston and Ed Balls in Stoke Newington.
She told the BBC she was “serious” saying there was little between the other candidates and she would be offering Labour a choice and added she was getting support from MPs on the left and women MPs.
She went on to say “I am not just another man in a suit. There’s not a lot of difference between the candidates so far. I am standing because I represent ‘real choice’, not a return to the Blair/Brown politics of the past 13 years”.
All contenders have until May 27, to gather the backing of 33 labour MPs.