Labour’s Diane Abbott to be first black politician to represent her party at Prime Minister’s Questions today


DIANE Abbott will make history today when she becomes the first black politician to represent her party at Prime Minister’s Questions.

But the move is a massive snub to Emily Thornberry, who usually stands in for Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons clash.

 Diane Abbott will step in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions today

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Diane Abbott will step in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions todayCredit: Reuters

Ms Abbott, 66, will face off against Dominic Raab as Boris Johnson is skipping the Commons clash so he can address his party conference in Manchester.

It comes as the country marks Black History Month.

Mr Corbyn tweeted: “We’re inspired by the struggles of black campaigners, including the first black MPs elected in 1987.

“Tomorrow, one of those pioneering MPs, a child of the Windrush generation, Diane Abbott, will be the first black person to represent her party at PMQs.”

Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said she is “looking forward” to her debut.

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Mrs Thornberry, the Foreign Secretary, usually stands in for the Labour leader at PMQs.

But she was dumped after she defied Mr Corbyn to publicly demand Labour becomes an all-out Remainer party.

Ms Abbott is one of the Labour leader’s closest allies.

 The Shadow Home Secretary will face off against Dominic Raab at Prime Minister's Questions

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The Shadow Home Secretary will face off against Dominic Raab at Prime Minister’s QuestionsCredit: AFP or licensors
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