Results 1–20 of 434 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dawn Butler

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Dawn Butler: We welcome the fact that upskirting has been made into a specific sexual offence. It cannot be right, therefore, that victims of revenge porn are not afforded the protection of anonymity. The Government’s new victim strategy, which was released on Monday, failed to address the lack of protection for victims of image-based sexual abuse. When will the Government close this loophole in law...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: I echo the sentiments of the Leader of the House and thank the programme team and the cross-party steering committee. Some of the programme team are in the House today. I thank them for interpreting our ramblings in all the discussions—both agreements and disagreements. I thank all the specialist advisers, who were informative and progressive, and actually mentioned intersectionality...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend have any comments about women who are on zero-hours contracts, the gig economy and the rise in women among the working poor?

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: I am not, but let me correct the Minister. We have not had a female Prime Minister, but my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby South (Margaret Beckett) was a female leader of the Labour party.

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Buck. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield) on securing this important debate. It has been great to listen to all these names, which are now in Hansard in perpetuity, and know that we have done our bit to recognise working-class women who have been, and are still, often ignored. In history, working-class...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention and I absolutely agree, because only then will we be able to measure how far we have come and what still needs to be done.

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: How amazing would it be to walk around different parts of London and the country, and see statues of women, and learn about their history, and know that we have made that happen? People always bang on about Britain having had two female Prime Ministers. Well, we have a female Prime Minister—I am not saying that I want statutes of the female Prime Minister going up all around the place,...

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: Urgent Question To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will make a statement on the Government’s LGBT action plan.

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank the Minister for her answer to the urgent question. The Government’s action plan is a welcome first step. Although I would like to have seen more action, the action that it does contain is welcome. It is built on the foundations of the Labour party manifesto—I am grateful for that. I am more than happy for the Government to appropriate Labour’s ideas and policies...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Intimate Sexual Images: Distribution (28 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: Before I ask my question, may I just correct the record? It was, in fact, a Labour Government who reduced the tax on menstruation products in 2001 to the lowest allowed, which was 5%. I concur with the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) and welcome the Minister to his new position. As we have heard, one in three cases is dropped, so would it not be better for victims and society...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Topical Questions (28 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: Talking about working across the House, the Women and Equalities Committee’s recent report on the race disparity audit notes: “The ability to disaggregate is essential for understanding the roles that geography, age, gender, social class and poverty play in creating poorer outcomes for some people than for others.” The socioeconomic duty would ensure that authorities gather...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is a privilege to contribute to this debate and to add to all the great speeches today. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) for securing both this debate and the Speaker’s apartments for next week’s Windrush celebrations, organised in conjunction with Jamaica National Bank and The Voice. I agree with what she said about the Black...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I take his point that parties spoke about a hostile environment. The big difference is that the Prime Minister, as Home Secretary, not only spoke about it but created policies that ensured a number of people then became complicit in creating the hostile environment: doctors, nurses, teachers and landlords. It is unusual, rare and dangerous...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is not often that we can rise to our feet and say that we agree with absolutely everything that has been said from both sides of the House, but that is the case in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing this debate and the Backbench Business Committee for allowing it. For #IDAHOBIT2018, the international day against homophobia, transphobia,...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: The new Minister for Women and Equalities made an announcement that was welcomed by the Labour party when she said that sectors under the Government’s remit would lay out plans for organisations to publish their gender pay gap audits. It is good to see that that is one of her first actions, but does it go far enough? Can we be a little bit more ambitious? Will the Government commit to...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate the Minister and welcome her to her new role. In the past 12 months, I have congratulated no fewer than three Ministers on their appointment to the role. [Interruption.] “Get used to it,” I hear from a sedentary position, and that is exactly the problem. Responsibility for women and equalities has been passed from the Home Office to the Department for Culture, Media...

Point of Order (18 Apr 2018)

Dawn Butler: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister said that the decision to destroy landing cards was taken in 2009. I have had it confirmed that the Home Office briefed yesterday that the decision was taken by the UK Border Agency in 2010 and that the records were destroyed in October 2010. Can the House, the Windrush generation, the Commonwealth...

Gender Pay Gap (18 Apr 2018)

Dawn Butler: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) for tabling the urgent question and I thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting it. I also thank my right hon. and learned Friend for her work on section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. We need actions, not audits. More than 10,000 companies have reported their gender pay gap, which shows that the Government...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (29 Mar 2018)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate the Government on commencing the Labour party’s legislation—section 78 of the Equality Act 2010—that requires companies to report on the gender pay gap. Does the Minister agree with Labour Members that reporting is not enough if we want to close the gender pay gap? We need mandatory action plans for companies and sanctions.


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