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First Black Woman Selected to Fight Seat in Election

Diane Abbott © RwendlandLabour Party black sections activist, Diane Abbott, became the first black woman to be selected to fight a seat at the next general election when she secured the nomination for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, a safe Labour seat in north London. Abbott, a trade union official and a member of the black sections national committee, defeated the sitting MP, Ernie Roberts, who had had a majority of over 8,000 at the previous general election.
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