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Born in September 27, 1953 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Diane Abbott

Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing.
You learn from mistakes.
Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food.
Tackling childhood obesity is key.
My London constituency in Hackney has one of the highest levels of gun crime in the country. But the problem is no longer confined to inner city areas. Gun crime has spread to communities all over Britain.
My forebears refused to cut the sugar cane for plantation owners, and I am recognisably a product of that background.
I don't think you can have pain and soul-searching doing the right thing for your child.
It's very lonely bringing up a child on your own.
My family were from Jamaica.
In Parliament we debate on and we decide the laws that are going to govern the country.
I knew what could happen to my son if he was sent to the wrong school and got in with the wrong crowd.
I spend a lot of time visiting local organisations.
You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.
My father was a manual worker.
I'm not thick-skinned at all, and of course I'm hurt by people attacking me as a person.
Finally, there's a sense in which I look at this Westminster village and London intelligentsia as an outsider.
I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs.
When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards.
In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values.
I'm not the only Labour MP who sent their child to public school but I'm the only one who's questioned about it.
Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party.
I'm a West Indian mum and West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children.
Because when you watch U.S. television, all the presenters and reporters, they're all out of central casting.
Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn't quite have.
I want to write a best-selling book.