Former Brent South MP Rt Hon Paul Boateng has been appointed to the House of Lords. In 1997, Paul became the UK’s first black Government minister. He was first elected to Parliament in 1987. Paul stepped down as an MP in 2005 to become Britain’s high commissioner in South Africa, paving the way for Dawn Butler to stand as the Labour candidate for Brent South.
Paul Boateng played an integral part of the Brent election campaign and campaigned tirelessly for Brent Labour on the campaign trail. A particular highlight of the campaign was Paul on his megaphone from the GMB bus in Dudden Hill in the Church End area telling people to Vote Labour!
Lib Dem members are signing up to become Labour Party members across the country. Around 3,000 people have joined Labour in the last 24 hours.
A Lib Dem voter told me, “I didn’t vote Lib Dem to get the Tories in.”
Former Brent South MP paved the way for young people to be able to join the Party for just £1. If you’re under 27, you can join The Labour Party for just one pound http://bit.ly/joinlabour
Brent South Labour MP Dawn Butler made history yesterday as she became the first Black Woman to speak at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons. She was congratulated on this achievement by Tom Clarke MP, who on Tuesday received a Disability Champion Award.
Dawn has long championed youth issues in Parliament and was recently promoted as Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement.
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