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Dawn Butler MP, Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement

Dawn Butler become Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement on 30 October 2009. Born and raised in East London, she worked as an equality and race officer at the GMB union and an adviser to Ken Livingstone before being elected as MP for Brent South in 2005.

The following year Dawn was made chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs and was made a member of the Children, Schools and Families select committee. In 2008 she became an Assistant Whip, the first black woman to be given such a post in the Commons.

Dawn has a long history of work on youth engagement issues and is an honorary vice president of the British Youth Council. She was once named the “most promising feminist under 35” by New Statesman magazine and was honoured as MP of the year at the 2009 Women in Public Life Awards.

Away from Parliament, Dawn enjoys salsa dancing and spending time with her family.