Hackney North MP and Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, is heading to Nairobi for next month’s Bandung Conference, but anyone from the UK wanting to attend will need deep pockets.
The package for British attendees includes 4 nights accommodation at the Crowne Plaza in Nairobi, a 3 day Masai Mara safari and 2 day conference pass and gala dinner for £1,600. As the average weekly wage in Hackney is £500, Diane’s constituents would need to save for three or four weeks to see her in action.
Ms Abbott is expected to be joining Kenyan Education Minister Amina Mohammed on the second day of the conference for a discussion on whether education can create development and wealth for all on the continent.
The University of Cambridge graduate was the first black woman to be elected as a British Member of Parliament, but has regularly been the focus of press attention following a number of very public gaffes.
In the 2017 General Election, Abbott claimed on Nick Ferrari’s LBC Breakfast radio show that it would cost £300,000 to fund a Labour policy for 10,000 more policemen, which would have meant their wage would be a mere £30 a year. She then revised the figure to £80 million, but this was still way short of the £300 million it would actually cost to find the policy.
During last year’s local elections, she was asked how many seats Labour had lost during an ITV interview. She gave 50 as her answer even though the true figure was 125 at that stage.
After attacking fellow Labour MPs Tony Blair and Harriet Harman for sending their children to selective schools, it was revealed she sent her son James to the exclusive City of London school where a year’s education costs £10,000.
She also claimed that she was in primary school when she heard Enoch Powell’s controversial “rivers of blood” speech in 1968, when she was actually 14.
When quizzed by Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan, she was unable to name any of the 127 recommendations in the Harris Report to improve London’s readiness for terror, despite insisting she’d read it.
Lowering the voting age has been a hot topic over the last couple of years and Diane claimed that at 16, youngsters should get the vote because they “can fight for our country”. However, although you can join the armed forces at 16, the minimum age for soldiers on the battlefield is 18, the current age at which you are eligible to vote in the UK. Many would argue a potential home secretary should know that basic fact.
Diane sparked anger in 2012 after claiming that London’s taxi drivers routinely refuse to pick up black people.
In 2016, she confused Indonesia and the Philippines when asked a question about drought relief, despite them being approximately 1,200 miles apart.
Only last week, she was on the receiving end of a backlash after she claimed police officers used “disproportionate force” when arresting a black man in London.