UK 28 September 2010 Diane Abbott to stand for shadow cabinet With six seats guaranteed for female MPs, she's in with a fighting chance. Print HTML Diane Abbott would never have been let anywhere near the conference platform in the days of Tony Blair, but she's just delivered a powerful, if rather lachrymose, address from the stage. The big news is that she's decided to run for the shadow cabinet and will leave This Week if elected. Her stock rose in the party during the leadership election but ultimately just 7 MPs voted for her, a reflection of a poor campaign that lacked momentum and direction. Abbott is not a figure most of the PLP would want to see in the shadow cabinet. The right loath her socialist politics and the left haven't forgiven her decision to send her son to private school. This said, given that a minimum of six seats are guaranteed for female MPs, she's in with a fighting chance of making the final 19. But the arrival of a genuine socialist in the shadow cabinet certainly wouldn't help Ed Miliband shake off that "Red Ed" tag. › Labour's lost generation takes the reigns: Laurie Penny on why we need rampant idealism George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong Jeremy Corbyn appoints Shami Chakrabarti to lead inquiry into Labour and antisemitism Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful?