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David Lammy MP

(Elected 2018)

The Rt Hon David Lammy has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000, and he was re-elected for a sixth time at the 2017 General Election. 

He was one of five children raised by a single mother and, after being called to the Bar in 1994, he practised as a barrister in England and the United States. He was the first black Briton to study a Master's in Law at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997. 

David served as a Minister for eight years in Labour Governments, with a number of briefs, including Culture and Higher Education. At the Department of Health, he oversaw the introduction of four-hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times and, at Education, he established the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service.

Since 2010, David has been an active backbench MP and he has led successful campaigns to save the Land Registry from privatisation, for the inclusion of diversity as a 'public purpose' in the BBC's Charter, and to prevent cuts in apprenticeship funding. He chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Race and Community, Fatherhood and Crossrail Two. He was asked by the Prime Minister to produce a report into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the criminal justice system, which he did in September 2017. 

David has been a long-time campaigner for lifelong learning and adult education. He was instrumental in establishing Birkbeck's outreach programme in Haringey and he has called for a renewed Government emphasis on evening teaching.