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Claudia Jones lecture 2017: Diane Abbott keynote speaker


Thursday 26 October 2017

18:30 – 20:30
But allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.

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Attlee Suite, Portcullis House , 1 Parliament St, London SW1A 2JR


During Black History Month, the National Union of Journalists and its Black Members' Council host a free event celebrating the life and work of trailblazer Claudia Jones.

A heroine of modern times, a journalist, activist and campaigner, perhaps best known as one of the founding members of The Notting Hill Carnival and the first black newspaper, The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News, this remarkable black woman made a significant contribution to society.

The NUJ would like to invite you to join us in remembering her life and the continuing struggle for equality today.

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Diane Abbott

This year's guest speaker is the Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP, Labour's shadow home secretary.


Please note: this is a ticketed event and you must register and receive a confirmation to gain admission to the venue. All guests will be subject to airport-style security and should allow at least 20 minutes to clear security. As usual, the event will be filmed, if you do not wish to be filmed/photographed please identify yourself to the filmmaker.

In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. She was elected on to the national executive of the Labour Party and, for most of the 1990s, served on the Treasury select committee. She went on to serve on the Foreign Affairs select committee as shadow public health minister. In September 2015, she appointed shadow secretary for international development. and went on to become shadow secretary for health, in June 2016.

In 2017, Diane was re-elected to her Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency with a landslide majority and is now the first black female shadow home secretary. Diane also chairs the British-Caribbean All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the APPG for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia.

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