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The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP

  • Title:
    Minister of State for Public Health
The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP

Dawn Primarolo was appointed Minister of State for Public Health at the Department of Health in July 2007.  In this role, she has responsibility for health improvement and health protection issues including such areas as tobacco, obesity, drugs and sexual health, as well as international business, pharmacy and research and development.

Prior to her appointment at the Department of Health, Dawn spent ten years at the Treasury; first as Financial Secretary (1997-1999) and subsequently as Paymaster General, responsible for oversight of taxation as a whole.

Prior to 1997, Dawn held two posts in Opposition, as Front Bench Spokesperson on Health (1992-1994) and Treasury and Economic Affairs (1994-1997).

Dawn has lived in Bristol since the late 1970s, and after a period as a member of Avon County Council, she was elected as Member of Parliament for Bristol South in 1987.

Dawn was educated at Thomas Bennett Comprehensive in Crawley, Bristol Polytechnic and Bristol University, where she gained a BA (Hons) degree in Social Science and conducted PhD research into women and housing.

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