Diane Abbott Receives Over £ 18,000 Advance For Next Biography | Politics | New
Publisher Viking Penguin paid the ghost former home secretary £ 18,450 in March for 80 hours of work on “A Woman Like Me” – due out next June. This works out to £ 225 an hour.
The publisher secured the rights to the autobiography after a fierce bidding war between six companies, it has been claimed.
It’s unclear how much Ms Abbott – a close ally of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn – will ultimately receive and that will likely depend at least in part on sales.
News of the payment came shortly after Frankish MP for Hackney and Stoke Newington criticized Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget.
In a commentary for the Hackney Gazette, she said it continued “the long and terrible tradition” of Conservative governments “stealing middle and low income people and giving to the rich.”
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“For anyone else, it made a bad situation worse.”
News of Ms Abbott’s next book appeared earlier this year.
Ahead of his release, a synopsis said he would follow his life since “growing up in the 1960s in north London with his working-class Jamaican parents, before entering the hallowed halls of Cambridge University for study history.
“From the day she first walked through the House of Commons as the only state-trained black MP, she has been a fearless and vocal champion of the causes that made Britain what it is. is today.”
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He describes the book as an “honest and moving memory” which “takes the reader on his incredible journey”.
The “frank report” is to be published on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his election to Parliament.
The news isn’t the only big salary Ms Abbott has earned.
In 2017, it emerged that she had received over £ 110,000 in cash from license payers to appear on the BBC between that date and 2003.
The 68-year-old was also paid thousands speaking on expert panels
Express.co.uk has contacted Ms Abbott and the Labor Party for comment.