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Black Prime Minister Ė Not In My Lifetime Declares
As the UK Labour party look forward to meltdown in the local elections, controversy over the foreign prisoners release is still top on the agenda and the political forecast is that, the electorates will punish the government through casting of votes for all the scandals of the last few weeks.
Nevertheless, one labour faithful who is adamant that the party is black-friendly spoke to Oyeyemi Olodo in an exclusive interview
Labour MP Diane Abbott was elected to Parliament in 1987, representing
See below extract of exclusive on-line interview with MP Diane Abbott and she spoke about her present aspiration for the black community, Africa and her future aspiration for the
Question 1: In your opinion, what is the three most important challenges confronting the black community in the
DA - I think the biggest challenges facing the black community are economic empowerment, education of our children, and supporting black people in the African Diaspora.
Question 2: Almost a year, to the historian G8
DA - I think some of the actual debt relief/cancellation has been slow in coming so ordinary people in those countries have not felt the benefits yet.
Questions 3: Next year (2007), it would be exactly hundred years when slavery was prohibited in the U.K Ė Do you honestly believe that the issue of slavery is now a thing of the past?
DA - No, I do not think it is a thing of the past - partly because there are still countries where slavery still exists. Also, we are still living with the legacy of slavery and the way it impoverished us economically and spiritually.
Question 4: Do you think African nations and
DA - I think we are all part of the African Diaspora and
Question 5: What can Nigerian Government do better to enhance its image in the world? Explain
DA - The Nigerian government needs to work closely with Nigerians overseas because they can be the best ambassadors for
Question 6: Which political party in the U.K in your opinion values the BME Community?
DA - There is no doubt that the Labour Party values BME communities more than any other party. We have more BME MPs than any other party and we have had them for nearly 20 years. Also, Tony Blair has led the way internationally in helping and supporting the African continent.
Question 7: If you have one political wish, what will it be?
DA - To build a new underground station in Dalston.
Question 8: Finally, if you were a political seer when do you envisage that the U.K will have the first black PM at
DA - Not in my lifetime unfortunately.
Interview conducted by:
Oyeyemi Olodo Esq.,
The Integrity Magazine
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