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This show closed on September 21, 2020

About Diane Abbott

By any measure, Abbott’s election to Parliament in 1987 was extraordinary. Not only the first black female MP, she also entered Parliament at a time when there were no black people in the Commons, when fewer than 5% of MPs were women, and when there was widespread suspicion of black radicalism. Thirty years later, it’s easy to overestimate how far we’ve come since Abbott’s milestone election; today, she is as well-known for the storm of racist and sexist abuse she receives on social media as she is for her trailblazing history.

Now, for the first time, Robin Bunce and Samara Linton look beyond the headlines to paint a nuanced portrait of a fascinating figure in Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography, based on original interviews with Abbott herself, her friends and colleagues, and a wide array of Westminster insiders.

Join Diane as she discusses her life and career. From her early days in the Commons juggling life as a single mother to the furore over Mojitogate, and being shadow Home Secretary, this is an event you do not want to miss.

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