Diane Abbott given shadow ‘dream team’ post

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott - Credit: Archant

She may have lost out in the vote to represent Labour in the forthcoming London Mayoral elections, but Diane Abbott has regained a place in the shadow cabinet after left wing politician Jeremy Corbyn’s shock leadership win.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington was in the race to be the her party’s candidate to replace Boris Johnson in the election next year.

But it was announced on Friday she had taken third place out of the six candidates, with 16.8 per cent of the votes – behind winner Sadiq Khan, the MP for Tooting, and ex-minister Tessa Jowell.

On Monday, however, Mr Corbyn revealed Ms Abbott would be part of his “dream team” with the shadow international development minister post.

Like Mr Corbyn, she has been an outspoken critic of many of her own party’s policies over the nearly 30 years since she became the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

She took to Twitter to share her promotion, writing: “Very happy to be shadowing International Development. A life long passion of mine & key to more peaceful planet.”

Ms Abbott was a beaten leadership candidate against Mr Miliband in 2010, before later serving a brief spell in his shadow cabinet as health minister.

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Within hours of Mr Corbyn’s historic win on Sunday – in which he scored 59.5 per cent of the vote triumphing over rivals Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham to command the party with a stronger mandate than Tony Blair in 1994 – several MPs made it clear that they wanted no part in the 66-year-old’s shadow cabinet.

The full shadow cabinet is made up of 16 men and 15 women.