Come Dine With MP: Abbott on cooking show

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Hackney MP Diane Abbott will appear on popular Channel 4 show Celebrity Come Dine With Me tonight.

The Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington – who was recently appointed as Shadow Minister for Public Health – follows in the footsteps of politicians Edwina Curry and Lembit Opik, who have both appeared on the show previously.

The Cambridge-educated Ms Abbott is, however, the first serving MP to take part in the cooking competition, which is more well-known for onscreen tensions than any culinary achievements.

Ms Abbott will compete against TV presenter Terry Christian, choreographer Wayne Sleep and WAG Danielle Lloyd – who was involved in a bitter race row alongside the late Jade Goody while appearing on 2007’s Celebrity Big Brother – in a bid to win £1000 for charity.

Contestants also receive payment for taking part and Ms Abbott – who has admitted “I don’t have any strengths in the kitchen” – was paid £3000 for the 36-hour shoot.

Ms Abbott, who was the first black woman to be elected to parliament in 1987, failed in her attempt to become Labour leader earlier this year.

Celebrity Come Dine With Me, 8pm, Channel 4

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