Dawn Butler, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, has been nominated for the Patchwork Foundation MP of the Year Award for the third year in a row.
The Patchwork Foundation is an organisation which promotes and encourages the positive integration of under-represented communities into society. It particularly focuses on diversity and rewarding those MPs whose work has had a positive impact on diverse communities across the UK.
Dawn has previously won two Patchwork awards, the first being the People’s Choice Labour MP of the Year award in 2016, before winning the Overall MP of the Year Award in 2017.
Dawn is now in the running to win the prestigious People’s Choice MP of the Year Award for 2018, which can be voted by the public online from the Patchwork website until 27 August.
“I was humbled to win the Overall MP of the Year Award last year, and I’m grateful to be nominated again for my work. I do what I do out of a desire to build a fairer and more equal society. I am looking forward to attending this year’s awards ceremony, it’s always fun and informative. Patchwork does fantastic work and this event in Speaker’s House is a perfect showcase.”
Some of the community work that Dawn has been credited for in the last year includes:
- Dawn’s work as an LGBT+ ally.
In her role as Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities, Dawn has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the LGBT+ community by speaking out when the community have been discriminated against. Dawn has worked with various LGBT+ organisations to advance the rights of the community and ensure their voice is represented in Parliament and all sections of society. Dawn was also recently voted DIVA Magazine “Ally of the Year” 2018.
- Dawn’s response to the Windrush Scandal.
Dawn made a number of interventions in the House of Commons and in her constituency, and demanded answers from the Prime Minister in letters, interviews and was an active leader on the issue on social media. Dawn spoke at a number of events in Parliament to help members of the Windrush Generation. Dawn additionally organised an advisory meeting in her constituency to provide help from legal experts in attendance. Dawn continues to keep up the pressure on the Prime Minister and Home Secretary.
- Dawn’s reaction to the appointment of Toby Young.
Following the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students, Dawn campaigned to force the Prime Minister reverse the decision. In the light of Toby Young’s appalling sexist and homophobic tweets, Dawn began with a joint letter along with Angela Rayner MP to the Prime Minister calling to reverse the appointment. Following this Dawn led a campaign of TV appearances, articles, and social media to force the Government to reverse their appointment of Toby Young. Despite the Government failing to act, Toby Young was forced to step aside due to the pressure.
Dawn has also continued to fight for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing community, including pushing for a British Sign Language (BSL) Act in Parliament as well as a BSL GCSE, work which she was previously recognised for when winning last year’s award.
Winners will be announced at the MP of the Year Awards 2018 on 5th December 2018 at the Palace of Westminster, which will be hosted by Commons Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP.