Dawn Butler named shadow equalities minister after Sarah Champion resigns over controversial newspaper column

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Jeremy Corbyn has appointed London MP Dawn Butler as his new shadow women and equalities minister.

The MP for Brent Central replaces Sarah Champion, who stood down after penning a controversial article in the Sun.

In the article, she warned Britain has a “problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.

The MP apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” and quit her shadow cabinet post in the wake of the controversy.

Announcing the new appointment, Mr Corbyn said: “Dawn is a great champion for women, equality for all and our country’s diverse communities. I look forward to working closely with her to advance our agenda of a truly equal society that works for the many not the few.”

Ms Butler said: “I am honoured to accept this appointment and would like to thank Sarah Champion for all the hard work she has done in the role.

“Labour will tackle all forms of discrimination and the ways they interact.

“Equality is equality, you can’t pick and choose. I have always fought for those who feel voiceless and I will fight to deliver real equality in our country.”


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