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Labour deputy leader hopeful lashes out at BBC after huge blunder – 'It's a disgrace'

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, the Labour candidate for deputy leader claimed it was a “disgrace” for the BBC to confuse her with Ms de Cordova. Ms Butler urged the broadcasters to get a “more diverse newsroom” to avoid such mistakes in the future. She said: “I’ve been in politics for a number of years now, I first came in in 2015 and the fact that people are still getting me confused with other MPs is actually a disgrace.

“And it’s not about making a mistake, it’s about making an effort.

“So how much are you going to make an effort to ensure that you can distinguish one black female MP from another black female MP?

“And if you’ve got nobody in the newsroom who can identify us individually, then find somebody who can.

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“And make sure your newsroom is more diverse or you have people who can identify us differently.”

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On Monday, BBC politics labelled footage of Marsha de Cordova with the name of her fellow Labour MP, Dawn Butler.

MP for Brent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler tweeted: “I love my sister Marsha de Cordova, but we are two different people. Marsha is amazing and deserves to be called by her own name.

“Diversity in the workplace matters it also helps to avoid making simple mistakes like this.”

Marsha de Cordova, who has served as the Labour MP for Battersea since 2017, in response tweeted: “This is what happens when the media does not represent the society it reports on.

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