Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling backs Labour’s Dawn Butler for Brent Central seat
PUBLISHED: 18:15 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:32 27 April 2015
England and Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling has backed the Labour candidate vying for the hotly contested Brent Central seat in the general election.
The 20-year-old, who grew up on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden, has endorsed his support for Dawn Butler saying he hopes to see her as an MP again.
Ms Butler held the Brent Central seat, where Mr Sterling was a constituent, between 2005 and 2010.
Mr Sterling recorded a short video pledging his support during a visit to Ms Butler’s campaign office in High Road, Willesden, last week.
He said: “I’d just like to say a big thank you to Dawn for helping me and my family when we lived in Brent.
“She’s been a massive help to us when I was growing up and hopefully we can see her as our MP again soon.”
Mr Sterling met Ms Butler and her campaign team and discussed the importance of having a say in the election, especially for young black people.
They also discussed some of the pledges from Labour’s new black and ethnic minority (BAME) manifesto, including the youth jobs guarantee – which will tackle the 49 per cent increase in unemployment among BAME people aged 18-24.
Mr Butler said: “We have many talented young people in Brent who just need a chance or opportunity.
“I’m very proud of Raheem and all that he’s achieved and thank him and his mum from the bottom of my heart for coming along to help our campaign, it’s really given the team a boost.”
Ms Butler lost the fight to win the Brent Central seat against Sarah Teather after boundary changes saw her old constituency merge with the Liberal Democrat MP’s Brent East one.
Ms Teather overturned a nominal 7,000 majority to beat Ms Butler.
Ms Butler will be fighting it out on May 7 against Shahrar Ali (Green), John Boyle (TUSC), Lauren Keith (Liberal Democrats), Kamran Malik (Communities United), Alan Mendoza (Conservative) and Stephen Priestley (UKIP).
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