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Diane Abbott to give Claudia Jones lecture

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13 October 2017

During Black History Month, the National Union of Journalists and its Black Members' Council celebrate the life and work of Claudia Jones with an annual lecture in her name.

This year, on Thursday 26 October, Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary will present the lecture.

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. 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.

Claudia Jones was a trail-blazing journalist, activist and campaigner, perhaps best known as one of the founding members of The Notting Hill Carnival and The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News.

This is a free event, but to attend you must register and apply for a ticket on the Eventbrite website.

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