David Lammy

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The Right Honourable
David Lammy
FRSA MP
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Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Bill Rammell
Succeeded by David Willetts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by New department
Succeeded by Siôn Simon
Baby of the House
In office
22 June 2000 – 18 September 2003
Preceded by Chris Leslie
Succeeded by Sarah Teather
Member of Parliament
for Tottenham
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 June 2000
Preceded by Bernie Grant
Majority 16,931 (41.6%)
Member of the London Assembly
for the Labour Party (London-wide)
In office
4 May 2000 – July 2000
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Jennette Arnold
Personal details
Born David Lindon Lammy
(1972-07-19) 19 July 1972 (age 42)
Tottenham, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Nicola Green
Alma mater School of Oriental and African Studies, Harvard Law School
Religion Anglican[1]
Website www.davidlammy.co.uk

David Lindon Lammy, FRSA[2] (born 19 July 1972), is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tottenham since 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Lammy was born in Tottenham, North London, to Guyanese parents[3] David and Rosalind Lammy.[4] He and his four siblings were brought up by his mother, after his father walked out on the family when he was 12. Lammy never saw him again, but has often spoken about the impact that this had on his life. Lammy advocates positive parenting, often speaking publicly about the importance of fathers and the need to support them in seeking to be active in the lives of their children. He chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood and has written frequently on the issue.[5][6][7]

Lammy grew up in Tottenham, next to the Broadwater Farm estate. Having attended a local primary school, at the age of 10 he was awarded an Inner London Education Authority choral scholarship to The King's School, Peterborough - an event he has described as his 'X-Factor moment'.[8] Growing up, Lammy worked in KFC and as a security guard to help the family get by. He studied law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, obtaining a first-class degree. Lammy went on to become the first black Briton to study at Harvard University when he won a place to study an LL.M. at Harvard Law School. He is a member of Lincoln's Inn having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and practiced as a barrister for several years.

Political career[edit]

Greater London Assembly and Tottenham MP 2000 – 2010[edit]

In 2000 he was elected for Labour on the London-wide list to the London Assembly. During the London election campaign the sitting member for his home constituency of Tottenham, Bernie Grant, died and Lammy was selected as the Labour candidate. He was elected to the seat in a by-election held on 22 June 2000. Upon his election Lammy become the Baby of the House.

Ministerial career[edit]

In 2002 he became Parliamentary under-Secretary in the Department of Health. He was responsible for the introduction of the 4-hour target on A&E waiting times, leading to a significant decrease in waiting times. In 2003 Lammy was appointed as a Minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs. As a member of the Government, he voted in favour of the authorization for Britain to invade Iraq in 2003. After the 2005 general election Lammy was appointed Minister for Culture at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

In June 2007 Lammy was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. In this role Lammy introduced a new generation of apprenticeships, setting up the National Apprenticeship Service and National Apprenticeship Week and committing the Government to creating half a million new apprenticeships. He also established the Aimhigher scheme to get more young people from poor backgrounds into university. In October 2008 he was promoted to Minister of State and was appointed to the Privy Council. In June 2009 the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was abolished and merged with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to form the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lammy continued in the new department in his previous role as the Minister for Higher Education.

Backbench MP 2010– Onwards[edit]

After Labour lost the 2010 general election a Labour Party leadership contest was announced. During the contest Lammy nominated Diane Abbott, explaining that he felt it was important to have a diverse field of candidates, but declared his support for David Miliband. After the election of Ed Miliband, Lammy pledged his full support for Miliband, though he turned down a post in the Shadow Cabinet offered by Miliband. He explained this decision by asserting a need to speak on a wide range of issues that would arise in his constituency due to the "large cuts in the public services" that his constituents rely on.[9] Deciding instead to become a back-bench opposition MP. Lammy has opposed the Coalition Government's comprehensive spending review.

2012 Mayor of London[edit]

In 2010 there were suggestions that Lammy might stand for election as Mayor of London in 2012. Lammy pledged his support to Ken Livingstone's bid to become the Labour London Mayoral candidate, declaring him "London's Mayor in waiting".[10] Lammy became Livingstone's selection campaign chair. In 2013 Lammy announced that he was considering entering the race to become Mayor of London in the 2016 election.

Political comment[edit]

On 11 August 2011, in an address to Parliament, Lammy attributed part of the cause for England's riots of a few days earlier to three destructive 'culture's that had emerged under the prevailing policies: "A Grand Theft Auto culture that glamorises violence. A consumer culture fixated on the brands we wear, not who we are and what we achieve. A gang culture with warped notions of loyalty, respect and honour."[11]

He has also suggested that corporal punishment of a kind currently illegal in the UK could have been used to prevent the riots.[12]

Lammy has commented on Britain's history of slavery.[13][14][15]

On 5 February 2013, Lammy gave a passionate speech in the House of Commons on why he would be voting in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013, critically comparing the relegation of British same-sex couples to civil partnerships to the "separate but equal" legal doctrine which justified Jim Crow laws in the 20th-century United States. U.S. television host Lawrence O'Donnell praised Lammy's speech, relating it to Oscar Wilde's testimony on "the love that dare not speak its name" during his 1895 trial for sodomy and gross indecency.

On 12 March 2013, Lammy apologised for claiming the BBC made a "silly innuendo about the race of the next Pontiff".[16] David Lammy was commenting on a BBC Twitter message, which asked "will smoke be black or white?" Mr Lammy, tweeting from the Commons chamber, said the BBC message was "crass and unnecessary". He later apologised after Twitter users pointed out the role played by black and white smoke in announcing the election of a new Pope.

2016 Mayor of London[edit]

On the 4th of September 2014, Lammy announced his intention to seek the Labour nomination for the 2016 mayoral election.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lammy married the artist Nicola Green in 2005;[4] the couple have two young sons.[18]

In November 2011, he published a book – Out of the Ashes: Britain after the Riots – that serves as his account on the causes and consequences of the August 2011 riots.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.davidlammy.co.uk/da/15560
  2. ^ List of members' Interests, Cabinet Office, March 2009.
  3. ^ David Lammy's website.
  4. ^ a b Who's Who 2012
  5. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/15/families-need-fathers-david-lammy
  6. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/14/dad-fathers-day
  7. ^ http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/david-lammy-we-all-need-more-help-to-become-a-better-man-9098599.html
  8. ^ Lammy, David, 'Out of the Ashes'
  9. ^ Lammy rejects offer from Labour Party leader Ed Miliband – Haringey Independent.
  10. ^ David Lammy drops out of mayoral race... and backs Ken Livingstone
  11. ^ "Tottenham MP David Lammy condemns ‘Grand Theft Auto culture’", Ham & High Broadway, 13 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Labour MP partly blames anti-smacking law for UK riots". The Guardian (London). 29 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Culture Minister David Lammy's Keynote Speech to ‘Slavery: Unfinished Business’ Conference". 
  14. ^ "BBC News: Head-to-head: Slavery 'sorrow'". 27 November 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Time Out – London's slave trade
  16. ^ "MP David Lammy apologises for BBC Pope race 'innuendo' claim". BBC News. 13 March 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2014-09-04/david-lammy-to-go-for-mayor
  18. ^ Curtis, Polly (18 November 2008). "High expectations". The Guardian (London). 
  19. ^ Cruddas, Jon; Rutherford Jonathan (10 December 2011). "David Lammy’s lesson". New Statesman. Retrieved 16 December 2011. "David Lammy's book Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots [...] is about more than the English riots, it's about the future of Labour in the country." 

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