New Commission: Dawn Primarolo, oil painting by Richard Brazier

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28 October 2014

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art unveiled a portrait of Dawn Primarolo, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, in Portcullis House on 22 October 2014.

Dawn Primarolo has served as the Member of Parliament for Bristol South since 1987.  She served as Paymaster General from 1997-2007, and later served as Minister of State for Public Health, and Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families.  She remains a member of the Privy Council.   Following the 2010 General Election, Dawn was elected by her fellow MPs to the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. 

Frank Doran MP, Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, said:

"Dawn Primarolo has been an outstanding Member of Parliament and of the Government, and in her new role as Deputy Speaker she has advanced her reputation by the way in which she has managed debate and ensured control of the House of Commons.  She has won the respect of all sides of the House, and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art feels it is appropriate that Dawn Primarolo’s contribution to the work of the House of Commons should be recorded for future generations".

Richard Brazier's work has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He won the BP Portrait Award in 2008. Born in 1975, he trained at Chelsea Art College and Rhode Island School of Design, graduating from the latter with honours in 1996.

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