Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000, and in the 2017 General Election was re-elected for the sixth time with 82% of the vote
Served for 8 years (2002-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government
Has been an active backbench MP and in the last Parliament led successful campaigns to save the Land Registry from privatisation, for diversity to be included in the BBC's Charter as a Public Purpose and against cuts in apprenticeship funding
David Lammy has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000, and in the 2017 General Election was re-elected for the sixth time with 82% of the vote.
David was born in Tottenham in 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. David was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, practiced as a barrister in England and the United States and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997.
David was first elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham and Baby of the House at the age of 27 in June 2000.
David served for 8 years (2002-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government, including as Culture Minister and Higher Education Minister, and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2008. As a Minister in the Department of Health David oversaw the introduction of four hour waiting times in Accident and Emergency Departments and as Minister of State for Higher Education and Skills established the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Since 2010, David has been an active backbench MP and in the last Parliament led successful campaigns to save the Land Registry from privatisation, for diversity to be included in the BBC’s Charter as a Public Purpose and against cuts in apprenticeship funding. In 2017 David led a high-profile campaign calling on Oxbridge to improve access for students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds and successfully called on Comic Relief to end “white saviour” charity appeals. David is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Race and Community, Fatherhood and Crossrail 2.
In January 2016, the then Prime Minister David Cameron asked David to lead an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in our criminal justice system. The Lammy Review was published in September 2017, and included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for Government and the criminal justice sector.
David is an Ambassador for Action Aid, President of the British and Foreign School Society and a Trustee of the National Youth Theatre as well as a Patron of a number of charities in Tottenham. He has spoken at the US Congress and Harvard University and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Birkbeck and St John’s College, Durham.
David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots, an analysis of the long-standing causes of the 2011 riots. David is a regular contributor to national newspapers and publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Statesman and others, and appears regularly on television and radio.
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