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Diane Abbott becomes first black MP to represent party at PMQs

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Diane Abbott has become the first black MP to represent a party at Prime Minister's Questions.

The Hackney MP and shadow home secretary stood in for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was absent from the weekly clash during party conferences.

She faced Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who stood in for Boris Johnson as he delivered his keynote address to the Conservative conference in Manchester.

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The Commons is normally in recess during the party conferences but MPs voted to keep sitting amid controversy over Mr Johnson's unlawful prorogation of Parliament.

Traditionally, the Leader of the Opposition can ask six questions, however if the prime minister is unable to attend, both they and their counterpart are replaced by a senior frontbencher.

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