Dawn Buttler

Inspirational figure in UK politics

Dawn Butler is an inspirational figure in UK politics and role model for so many.

Dawn has dedicated her life to public service – as a trade unionist, civil servant and Member of Parliament – all stemming from a deep-rooted commitment to tackling inequality.

Dawn is a trailblazer; she became only the third Black woman to be elected as an MP in 2005, and soon after made history by becoming the first ever elected African-Caribbean woman to speak at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons.

Dawn is a passionate campaigner. She again made history by being the first MP to use British Sign Language to ask a question in the House of Commons to raise awareness for the rights of deaf people.

She is also a fierce champion for the rights of the LGBTQI+ community, winning the DIVA Magazine Ally of the Year Award in 2018 and recognised in the 2019 Pride Power List.

Dawn has used her positions to fight for true equality and justice for all. As a Government minister, she fought for the rights of young people, and as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, she held the Government to account on period poverty, the gender pay gap and developed a landmark policy to address the historic injustice of the international slave trade.

A formidable public speaker, Dawn has delivered prominent speeches at Labour Party conference and delivered a keynote speech at the historic standalone Women’s Conference. Dawn was recently recognised as one of Vogue’s ‘25 Most Influential Women in the UK’.