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
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
- 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.