Dawn Butler announces Deputy Labour leadership bid with promise to ‘prepare ...

The shadow women and equalities secretary confirmed the news with a promise to “prepare for power”. The MP for Brent Central has been a member of Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet for the past two years and is often sat next to the outgoing Labour leader at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). She wrote on Twitter: “Join me, Let’s Prepare for Power, #Dawn4Deputy”

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The former officer at the GMB union was one of 36 MPs to nominate Mr Corbyn to become leader back in 2015.

Ms Butler was awarded for her loyalty and was appointed shadow minister for diverse communities in 2016.

However, the ardent Remainer resigned for her post in February 2017, after defying a Labour three-line-whip to trigger Article 50 and the start of Brexit negotiations.

Explaining her decision, Ms Butler said in a statement: “Having served as a delegate on the European Council I have seen first-hand just how important close working relationships are with our European neighbours.

labour leadershipDawn Butler has announced she is standing to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (Image: REUTERS)

labour leadershipDawn Butler sat next to Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs (Image: GETTY)

“I campaigned passionately to remain in the EU and was disappointed with the outcome of the referendum last year.”

She added: “I have made clear on many occasions that if I were given a vote in Parliament, I would vote to remain in the EU.

“I am proud to represent Brent Central and I am proud that we voted to overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and will vote to reflect the views of my constituency who elected me to be their voice in parliament.”

labour leadershipDawn Butler was one of 36 MPs to nominate Mr Corbyn to become leader back in

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