Diane Abbott launches Labour local election campaign

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Ms Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Shadow Home Secretary. Credit: Parliament.

Diane Abbott said that Hackney is “no place for hate” as she launched the Labour Party’s 2018 local election campaign.

The Shadow Home Secretary joined Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and the Cazenove Labour party to canvass, seeking to build support ahead of next year’s elections.

Cazenove, with its three Liberal Democrat councillors, is the only ward in Hackney not represented by any Labour councillors. The last elections were in 2014 with a 61% turnout.

Current polling across London, however, shows Labour are set to increase their presence on councils in the capital – and Abbott’s attendance at the Cazenove launch, alongside Labour MEP for London, Seb Dance, shows the opposition party’s confidence in making gains around Hackney.

Abbott tweeted enthusiastically about the event, tweeting “#labourgain” to her 187,000 followers.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP increased her majority and received 75.1% of the vote in the constituency at the 2017 General Election.

Meanwhile, Seb Dance, Labour’s leader in the European Parliament, wrote: “Great to join @CazenoveLabour at the launch of the campaign for 2018. #LabourDoorstep”.