"My family were from Jamaica."
"I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future."Diane Abbott on LaToya Jackson
"If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher."Diane Abbott on Abdul Kalam
"Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."Diane Abbott on David Ogden Stiers
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."Diane Abbott on Charles Kuralt
"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."Diane Abbott on Margaret Mead
"Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue."
"I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs."
"Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food."
"When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards."
"The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons."