Dawn Butler
Dawn Butler

Dawn Butler

MP for Brent Central

Dawn’s Candidate statement

“It’s time for Labour to unite and focus on the only thing that matters – returning to power so we can deliver for working people across our nations and regions.

That’s what I have fought for as a trade union activist and an MP. I’ve served under two Labour Prime Ministers and on Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench. I am a proven team player who puts the collective interests of the party above factional point-scoring.

And I can and have delivered.

I’m the only candidate with experience and a track record in a Labour government. In 2009 I made history as the first elected black woman to become a government minister. I have mastered ministerial briefs in government. I’ve forced Conservatives U-turns in opposition, and I’ll fight the Tories from day one.

I have fiercely defended my principles. I was one of the few MPs to vote against the Welfare Reform Bill. I’ve been the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, opposing inequality and pushing for social change across our country.

People need Labour to win. I can win. In 2015 I won back a seat with a 28.4% swing – the biggest in the country. We can do this!

As a working-class socialist with a history of fighting, delivering and winning, I will be relentless in building an inclusive base.

Let’s prepare for power win back the North, Scotland and the rest of the country to create a society that works for everyone. ”


Dawn Butler was nominated by the following MPs and MEPs

  • Lyn Brown
  • Dawn Butler
  • Liam Byrne
  • Rosie Cooper
  • Janet Daby
  • Marsha de Cordova
  • Flo Eshalomi
  • Barry Gardiner
  • Preet Gill
  • Neena Gill
  • Helen Hayes
  • Sharon Hodgson
  • Rupa Huq
  • Sarah Jones
  • Seema Malhotra
  • Rachael Maskell
  • Alison McGovern
  • James Murray
  • Abena Oppong-Asare
  • Taiwo Owatemi
  • Matt Rodda
  • Naz Shah
  • Karin Smyth
  • Emily Thornberry
  • Stephen Timms
  • Julie Ward
  • Catherine West
  • Matt Western
  • Nadia Whittome
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