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BBC mixes up Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Marsha de Cordova

Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Marsha de Cordova have expressed anger at the BBC, after the broadcaster mixed up the two women. 

BBC Parliament aired footage of Battersea MP Ms de Cordova speaking in the Commons on Monday but labelled it as ‘Dawn Butler, Labour Co-operative, Brent Central’.

Ms Butler, who is currently campaigning to become deputy leader of the Labour party, posted a screen grab of the image onto her Twitter account, criticising the mistake.

The Brent Central MP wrote: ‘I love my sister @marshdecordova 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.’   

Last month, the broadcaster faced criticism for accidentally showing footage of basketball star LeBron James while reporting on the death of sporting legend Kobe Bryant on BBC News at Ten.

Ms de Cordova also hit back at the BBC’s error, writing: ‘This is what happens when the media does not represent the society it reports on. Representation matters. Diversity matters. This cannot continue.’

The Labour MP for Battersea added later: ‘It’s not ok at all. Still no apology from @BBCPolitics @BBCParliament @BBCNews.’ 

BBC Parliament apologised for the error this morning, saying: ‘We sincerely apologise for this mistake. Sometimes we incorrectly identify MPs at the moment when they stand to speak. This error was immediately corrected on screen.’ 

Women’s Rights Activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu commented: ‘Clearly there’s no threshold of shame for @BBCNews to keep demonstrating an ineptitude worthy of an institutionally dysfunctional organisation projecting bias & feeding negative stereotypes. Black. People. Are. Not. The. Same.’

Another Twitter user @teeleaf added: ‘I’m sorry this happened Marsha. Unacceptable and shoddy journalism.’

MailOnline has contacted BBC News for comment.  

On January 26th, the broadcaster came under fire for using footage of LeBron James in their news report on the death of ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant.

The 41-year-old basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, the same day.

BBC News at Ten ran a segment paying tribute to the former NBA superstar but mistakenly showed a video of LA Lakers player LeBron James on the court, rather than Bryant.

The pair are two of the greatest players to ever play the game and just yesterday Bryant was passed by James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Unsurprisingly the error did not go down well with viewers on social media.

One Twitter user said: ‘See that BBC News played pictures of LeBron James during the Kobe Byrant report, instead of, you know, Kobe Bryant’.

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