Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Diane Abbott becomes shadow health secretary

  • 8 Comments

Diane Abbott has been made shadow health secretary by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of the mass resignations following the European Union referendum.

Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, replaces Heidi Alexander in the role as lead spokesperson on Labour health policy.

Heidi Alexander

Heidi Alexander

Heidi Alexander

Ms Alexander, MP for Lewisham East, was the first member of the shadow cabinet to resign on Sunday as part of an attempt by senior Labour MPs to force a leadership change in the party.

Commentators largely judged her as having done a good job since being appointed shadow health secretary on 13 September 2015, especially noting her input during the junior doctors’ dispute.

Ms Abbott, whose mother was a nurse, moves to the shadow health role from the post of shadow international development secretary. She is known as a staunch ally of party leader Mr Corbyn.

Labour Party

Auditors identify mental health workforce discrepancies

Luciana Berger

Her latest move will be a return to healthcare policy. In 2010, she was appointed shadow public health minister by Ed Miliband but was subsequently sacked from the role by him in 2013 due to question marks about her loyalty.

In addition, on Monday, shadow mental health minister Luciana Berger also opted to leave Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

Ms Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, became the first ever shadow minister for mental health in September last year. She previously held the shadow public health role, which she took over from Ms Abbott in October 2013.

  • 8 Comments

Readers' comments (8)

  • michael stone

    I think the significant word in there is 'shadow'.

    Of much more interest, and potential concern, is who is the actual Health Secretary.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I do not approve of this appointment. Ms Abbott has made racist comments in the past, on one occasion complaining about the skin and eye colour of Finnish nurses who she judged unfit to look after West Indian women.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • First reaction: 'Oh, no'!
    Second: 'Labour will be wiped out at the election'. And if the Tories fail to implement the spirit of Brexit, which is to control borders and seek skilled workers more broadly - inc. from the EU as well as other countries - then I think UKIP may clean-up at the election. So, who's the UKIP Health spokesperson? Hopefully, Theresa May takes over and the spirit of Brexit is implemented in her pragmatic, non-inflammatory way. Please, not Boris!!

    Regarding Ms Abbott's racist comments - thankfully a Finnish citizen who happened to be black pointed out the narrow-minded racism, albeit in a way that Abbott was not reckoning on.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • michael stone

    Anonymous 28 June, 2016 0:48 am

    The situation has become desperate, when I find myself actually supporting Theresa May as PM because the prospect of Boris/Gove is so awful: Cameron was the best of the options, and at least he seemed to have some sort of 'instinctive support' for the NHS.

    I find most of Diane Abbott's comments to be 'not worth listening to' - I would be hard-pressed to choose between an hour of listening to her, or an hour of listening to Farage (probably go for Farage - it might well be in a pub, giving me the chance of drinking myself into numbness !).

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Amazing how high some people can rise after sleeping with the boss!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I suspect Mr. Corbyn wasn't exactly spoilt for choice!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I find it ironic that the Labour MP, Diane Abbot who supposed to be representing the working class and the most vulnerable people in the country sees people struggling to get jobs, housing there are cutbacks everywhere yet she does nothing to help them. Diane Abbot can clearly see that that remaining in the EU is not working for those people, yet she and the other politicians that voted to remain in the EU are desperate to overturn the democratic vote of 17.4 million people. They continue to disrupt Brexit, Abbott and the rest of the MP’s who wants to remain in the EU are causing civil unrest, treating the leave voters like idiots we can see through their tactics. They have already made their mind up to reject any plan the Government put forward for Brexit If we get a soft Brexit, the people that voted to leave the EU must ensure that Labour never gets in Government again. Also, those MP's who are ignoring their constituency who voted to leave the EU they should step down. Do your jobs or get voted out.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I find it ironic that the Labour MP, Diane Abbot who supposed to be representing the working class and the most vulnerable people in the country sees people struggling to get jobs, housing there are cutbacks everywhere, yet she does nothing to help them. Diane Abbot can clearly see that that remaining in the EU is not working for those people, yet she and the other politicians that voted to remain in the EU are desperate to overturn the democratic vote of 17.4 million people. They continue to disrupt Brexit, Abbott and the rest of the MP’s who wants to remain in the EU are causing civil unrest, treating the leave voters like idiots we can see through their tactics. They have already made their mind up to reject any plan the Government put forward for Brexit If we get a soft Brexit, the people that voted to leave the EU must ensure that Labour never gets in Government again. Also, those MP's who are ignoring their constituency who voted to leave the EU they should step down. Do your jobs or get voted out.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs