Dawn Butler

Dawn Petula Butler (born 3 November 1969) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent Central since 2015.

Dawn Butler

Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
In office
31 August 2017  6 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded bySarah Champion
Succeeded byMarsha de Cordova
Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
In office
6 October 2016  31 August 2017[lower-alpha 1]
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byNaz Shah
Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office
In office
3 November 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byTom Watson
Succeeded byMark Harper
Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement
In office
30 October 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byNick Hurd
Member of Parliament
for Brent Central
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded bySarah Teather
Majority20,870 (42.5%)
Member of Parliament
for Brent South
In office
5 May 2005  12 April 2010
Preceded byPaul Boateng
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born
Dawn Petula Butler[1]

(1969-11-03) 3 November 1969 (age 51)
Newham, London, England[2]
Political partyLabour
WebsiteOfficial website

Butler was elected as the MP for Brent South at the 2005 general election. She served in Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office and Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement from 2009 to 2010. She lost her seat at the 2010 general election to Sarah Teather from the Liberal Democrats. She returned to Parliament as the MP for Brent Central at the 2015 general election.

In October 2016, she was appointed to the new role of Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities by Jeremy Corbyn after his re-election as Labour Leader, later becoming a close ally of him.[3] In February 2017, she resigned from the frontbench to vote against the triggering of Article 50, which formally launched the Brexit negotiations.

She returned as Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in June 2017, before being promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities in August 2017. She stood in the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election and came last, in fifth place. She was removed from the Shadow Cabinet by new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in 2020 and returned to the backbenches.