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Rt Hon Dame Dawn Primarolo

Rt Hon Dame Dawn Primarolo

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c/o Remuneration Board Secretariat
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Email:  remuneration@assembly.wales

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Dame Dawn Primarolo, DBE, is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Bristol South from 1987 until 2015, when she stood down. She was Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families at the Department for Children, Schools and Families from June 2009 to May 2010 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 2010. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for political service.

 

Born in London, Dawn was raised in Crawley, West Sussex. Returning to London in 1973 for work, she joined the Labour Party whilst employed as a legal secretary in an east London Law Centre.

 

She moved to Bristol in 1974 and her son, Luke, was born in 1978. As a mature student and single parent she studied a BA (Hons) in social science at Bristol Polytechnic, following which she conducted Ph.D. research into women and housing.

 

Dawn was first elected to Parliament at the 1987 general election and has held the following positions:

  • 1992–1994: Opposition Spokesman for Health
  • 1994–1997: Opposition Spokesman for the Treasury    
  • 1997–1999: Financial Secretary to the Treasury
  • 1999–2007: Paymaster General
  • 2007–2009: Minister of State for Public Health
  • 2009–2010: Minister of State Children and Young People

 

Dawn was conferred a Peerage of the United Kingdom for Life in August 2015.

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