Dawn Butler’s Hapless Numbers Interview Car Crash

Dawn Butler has had the first excruciating ‘Diane Abbott’ moment of the campaign, claiming that the numbers of rough sleepers in her constituency stood at 3,000 when in reality the number is just 248. When asked what the number of rough sleepers in the UK is, she responded:

Dawn Butler: “Now I can tell you that in 2007 I had around 3,000 or so rough sleepers in Brent.”

Nick Ferrari: “But what I find incredible is, Dawn Butler you say 3,000 people sleep rough in Brent, well the last figures that we have for 2017, is that there were 4,751 people sleeping rough in the whole of England… of whom 3,000 were in Brent? Are you sure you have got your figures right.”

Dawn Butler: No, no I said in 2006 or 7 there was around that figure… I know when we get to talk about numbers it is quite exciting for you, and… and you’re very good at that so I can…

If Butler is right that in Brent alone in 2007 there were 3,000 rough sleepers, and today there are a little over that in the whole of England – that would imply there has been a considerable drop in rough sleepers over the last decade. Today, the real number of rough sleepers in Butler’s constituency is actually 30, meaning Butler inflated the figure by 9,900%…

Dawn Butler’s on a roll at the moment, having also not quite grasped the point of the debate spin room last night when she started spinning for Boris

Boris’s Campbell…

mdi-timer 20th November 2019 @ 11:57 am 20th Nov 2019 @ 11:57 am mdi-comment Comments
How Long Will Labour’s Brexit Policy Actually Take?

While Corbyn couldn’t tell viewers of the debate last night how he’d vote in Labour’s proposed second referendum, even more Brexit confusion has been sparked this morning after Dawn Butler contradicted Corbyn’s claimed Brexit timetable on BBC Breakfast.

Corbyn claims 9 months; Dawn claims 6. Any Labour frontbenchers willing to haggle it down further? 

mdi-timer 20th November 2019 @ 10:50 am 20th Nov 2019 @ 10:50 am mdi-comment Comments
Sam Coates’ Labour Mixup

Sky’s Sam Coates made an embarrassing error this morning in Battersea, mistaking local MP and shadow minister Marsha de Cordova for Dawn Butler. Awkward.

It’s not the first time journalists have mixed up Labour MPs. Readers may remember last year the i made a similar error

mdi-timer 31st October 2019 @ 11:17 am 31st Oct 2019 @ 11:17 am mdi-comment Comments
Dawn Butler: Boris Johnson is Going to Win

Still Guido’s favourite quote of the conference…

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When Dawn Pulled Jez

Corbyn’s no confidence motion didn’t go to plan for him in more ways than one yesterday, while taking beatings from Tory Remainers and even one of his own former MPs, Dawn Butler felt the need to tug him off the dispatch box, and back to his seat when he forgot to sit down. Weird…

mdi-timer 17th January 2019 @ 11:45 am 17th Jan 2019 @ 11:45 am mdi-comment Comments
McDonnell: You Can’t Break the Law “These Days”

John McDonnell had a trip down memory lane this morning on LBC, reminiscing about his days in the hard-left Labour bloc on the GLC after Dawn Butler caused a stir by praising the Militant-dominated Liverpool Council of the 1980s for breaking the law. The would-be chancellor lamented that “you can’t break the law these days”. Just the sort of man you’d want to hand the keys to the Treasury to…

mdi-timer 24th September 2018 @ 12:17 pm 24th Sep 2018 @ 12:17 pm mdi-comment Comments
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