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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Dawn Primarolo

Date of birth

2 May 1954

Political profile

At the time of her first election to the Commons in 1987, Dawn Primarolo was a Bennite member of the hard left.

She joined the Campaign Group and set about promoting a left-wing agenda with gusto.

She opposed one-member-one-vote, campaigned against the Gulf War and refused to pay her poll tax.

She was dubbed "Red Dawn" by the media.

However, she became a frontbencher in 1992, speaking on health, and then joined Gordon Brown's Treasury team in 1994.

When Labour came to power in 1997 she became financial secretary to the Treasury.

She was promoted to paymaster general in 1999 and retained the post in the 2001 reshuffle.

She has become a model member of the government and absolutely loyal to New Labour.

She remains committed to feminist issues, especially the liberalisation of abortion law.

Contact

dawn-primarolo@hm-treasury.gov.uk

Constituency office 0117 909 0063

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