In in the dramatic final few hours, Diane Abbott received the 33 nominations that will take her to the final round of the Labour Leadership contest.
Few gave her a prayer in achieving the very high threshold that would ensure this indomitable Black woman would bring her politics to the leadership debate.
And by her achievement Diane Abbott not only makes history: the second women, the first Black person, to challenge for the party’s leadership, perhaps even more importantly she paves the way for others to follow.
OBV’s Director Simon Woolley, who ignited her challenge by encouraging her to stand, stated:
“This is truly a great day. Achieving the nomination is one thing, but doing so when the vast majority tell you, you don’t stand a chance, demonstrates self belief and a dynamism that few people in world have. Diane’s achievement will undoubtedly inspire a generation of Black men and women to become leaders.”