FORMER Sir John Deane's College student Diana Johnson is celebrating after becoming an MP.
Diana, who studied at the Northwich college from 1982 to 1984, became Hull North's first ever woman MP when she took 15,364 votes for Labour in the General Election.
'I have always really wanted to be an MP,' said Diana. 'I would say to all students at Sir John Deane's that I believe it is important to follow your dreams - whatever they are - because they can happen.'
A barrister by profession, Diana will head for the House of Commons when parliament reconvenes today (Wednesday). After studying for A-levels Diana went on to complete a law degree at London University. In 1994 she became a councillor in the East London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and later served as part of the London Assembly.
Members of her family still live locally and run the family-owned business Eric Johnson of Northwich, now based in Little Leigh.
Her sister-in-law Diane Johnson was with other family members at the count and told the Chronicle: 'We are made up - she has worked so hard for it.
'She has always been very involved in helping other people.
'Her father Eric died 18 months ago but he would be absolutely over the moon.'
Mrs Johnson MP's new parliamentary constituency sandwiches her between two of the Labour Party's 'big guns' - Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (Hull East) and new Productivity, Energy and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson (Hull West).