Dawn Butler was born 3 November 1969 to expats from Jamaica, and is one of six children. She worked on a market stall and in a bakery in her youth but started her career as a computer programmer/systems analyst and then working as a trade unionist. Her desire to enter politics came from a deep rooted commitment to address inequality.
Elected as the Member of Parliament for Brent South on 5 May 2005 Dawn’s maiden speech described her constituency as a “shining example of integration at its best”. Dawn became the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a Government Minister in the UK.
Dawn ran a hugely successful campaign in 2015 and won Brent Central with a majority of nearly 20,000 – giving the largest vote swing in Britain at that election. She was again successful in the 2017 election, winning 73.1% of the vote.