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Diane Abbott is the first woman to enter Labour leadership race

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  1. Patrick James 20 May 2010, 3:18pm

    I do like Diane Abbott and I feel certain that she would make an excellent leader for the Labour Party.

  2. Gettaway! Diane Abbott is likable but she’s just not a potential future Prime Minister.

  3. vulpus_rex 20 May 2010, 4:22pm

    For once I agree with you Mr James. She does have that rare thing amongst Labour MPs – A mind of her own and the odd principle.

    Just a shame really that she chose to have her son privately educated, so isn’t a completely hypocrisy free politician.

  4. Jock S. Trap 20 May 2010, 5:33pm

    Oh dear!!

  5. I agree with Patrick James and vulpus_rex on this one. Diane Abbott has an independent mind and has not been afraid to criticise the Labour front bench when she disagrees with the way it’s going about things. When she does so however, she somehow seems to avoid making it sound like the petty squabbling of the Frank Fields and the John McDonnells on the old left of the party and instead seems to argue in a more constructive fashion! She could be the sensible person to mediate between the various factions in the Labour party to hold it together… sadly I don’t think she’ll win as David Milliband seems to have been practically anointed already! (His election may be rather damaging for the party though, as he’d be yet another leader to the right of the party!)

    Her voting record on gay rights is pretty good and she seems to believe in LGBT rights especially given the things she has done outside Parliament- no problem there.

    She wasn’t a hypocrite about private schooling, she was very open about the fact she was sending her child to a private school and said she felt she had to do what she thought was best for her child- it’s not her job to prop up the image the party was trying to portray that state schools are just as good, but it is her job to help remove what she felt was the need to send her child to a private one. (At least that’s my belief on the matter)

  6. she’d be a bad labour leader.

  7. Agree with DW completely, especially on that last point. Karl marx traveled first class once and was pulled about it, and replied, “it’s about trying to make everyone first class, not third class”, or something to that effect.

  8. BrazilBoysBlog 21 May 2010, 6:10am

    Always liked her, but not sure she would make a good leader or PM. Lets hear what she has to say if she secures the needed 33 nominations…

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