Diane Abbott is an inspiration to many people

Commenting on the speculation surrounding Diane Abbott, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “When Diane Abbott was elected in 1987, she blazed a trail for Black women in political and public life.

“As the first Black female MP, she proved barriers could be broken, showed that becoming a politician was for everyone and inspired many people to follow her into the House of Commons.

“That’s why her courage, determination and outstanding public service are much celebrated by UNISON members.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk
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