Dawn Butler becomes the first MP to join Cameo

Dawn Butler becomes the first MP to join Cameo
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What do John Bercow, Nigel Farage, Iain Dale and Count Binface all have in common? The quartet are among the few British political commentators listed on popular celebrity video app Cameo, where celebrities charge fans to record messages. Now though the quartet has been joined by the first sitting MP to use the app: onetime Corbyn loyalist Dawn Butler.

Butler, a former Shadow Cabinet member who has sat for Brent South since 2015, is now flogging messages for any kind of occasion. Customers are promised a 24 hour delivery time from a 'serious MP with a serious sense of humour' with an accompanying winky face, with prices of £30 having previously been listed. 

While her service is currently listed as 'unavailable' there is at least one happy customer who left a five-star review in April simply captioned 'Awesome.' Lucky users also get the chance to 'say hi to Dawn Butler' for a mere £2.99 per 250 character message though Cameo warns 'there's no guarantee you'll get a response'. Her recorded video tells viewers:

Hi, this is Dawn Butler MP so look, leave me a message, let me know who you want me to send a message to, to your friend, to your family, to your foe but don't make it too rude and I will do so and hopefully if I make any money I am going to use it to put a smile on other people’s faces.

Mr S both called and emailed the MP's office to ask if this pledge meant she would be donating her revenue to charity but no answer was forthcoming – let's hope her replies on Cameo are more responsive. 

Still there is nothing new in Butler 'putting a smile on other people's face.' Just last Tuesday she ran a Twitter poll asking her followers who they trusted more: equalities ministers Liz Truss or LGBT+ charity Stonewall after Truss urged the official withdrawal of the UK government from their diversity scheme. The stunt backfired when more than two-thirds of respondents voted for Truss. 

It came after an Unplugged interview last month in which Butler expressed her concern over offensive comedies. Asked by legendary comedian John Cleese to give examples of which shows she had found offensive, the Brent MP paused and then replied: 'I can’t think of anything.'

The good news for Butler is that she is not the only political figure found on the platform. Others available for hire on Cameo include conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl, porn actress Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump’s disgraced former lawyer Michael Cohen. All in good company!

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