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Diane Abbott talks about struggles against discrimination as part of Black History Month

PUBLISHED: 16:28 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 24 October 2017

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott joined in the black history month celebrations at Our Lady's High School. Photo by Our Lady's High School

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott joined in the black history month celebrations at Our Lady's High School. Photo by Our Lady's High School

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Fighting for diversity was a key theme at Our Lady’s Convent High School as Hackney MP Diane Abbott spoke to students about more than 30 years in politics.

Celebrating black history month at Tyssen Community School. Photo by Tyssen Primary School. Celebrating black history month at Tyssen Community School. Photo by Tyssen Primary School.

As part of Black History Month, which is October, Ms Abbott held a question and answer session in which she spoke candidly on her struggles against discrimination.

Ms Abbott, who became the first black female MP when she was elected in Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1987, also encouraged the girls to treat fellow women with respect throughout their careers.

Also celebrating diversity this month was Tyssen Community School, which saw staff, parents and students enjoying Caribbean food and reggae music from Noah Landale and the Raw Wire Band.

Head Jackie Benjamin said: “It was so lovely seeing so many people enjoying this cultural event and we hope to have lots more in the future.”

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