|The Right Honourable
Lammy in 2015
|Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills|
28 June 2007 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Bill Rammell|
|Succeeded by||David Willetts (Universities and Science)|
|Minister of State for Culture|
5 May 2005 – 28 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Estelle Morris (Arts)|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Hodge (Culture and Tourism)|
|Member of Parliament
22 June 2000
|Preceded by||Bernie Grant|
|Member of the London Assembly
4 May 2000 – 4 July 2000
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Jennette Arnold|
|Born||David Lindon Lammy
19 July 1972
Early life and education
Lammy was born in Tottenham, North London, to Guyanese parents David and Rosalind Lammy. 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.
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 sing at Peterborough Cathedral and be a pupil at The King's School, Peterborough – an event he has described as his 'X-Factor moment'. 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 was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1994 at Lincoln's Inn that he had joined as a student member and practised as a barrister for several years.
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 became the Baby of the House.
New Labour minister
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.
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. Deciding instead to become a back-bench opposition MP. Lammy has opposed the Coalition Government's comprehensive spending review.
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". 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.
London mayoral candidate
On 4 September 2014, Lammy announced his intention to seek the Labour nomination for the 2016 mayoral election. In the London Labour Party's selection process, he secured 9.4% of first preference votes and placed fourth overall, behind Sadiq Khan, Dame Tessa Jowell and Diane Abbott.
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."
He has also suggested that corporal punishment of a kind currently illegal in Britain could have been used to prevent the riots.
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". 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.
On 26 January 2016, David Lammy claimed that 1 million Indians sacrificed their lives during the Second World War, not for the survival of Britain and to fight Nazism, but instead for the "European Project".
- List of members' Interests, Cabinet Office, March 2009.
- David Lammy's website.
- Who's Who 2012
- Lammy, David, 'Out of the Ashes'
- Lammy rejects offer from Labour Party leader Ed Miliband – Haringey Independent.
- David Lammy drops out of mayoral race... and backs Ken Livingstone
- "Tottenham MP David Lammy condemns ‘Grand Theft Auto culture’", Ham & High Broadway, 13 August 2011.
- "Labour MP partly blames anti-smacking law for UK riots". The Guardian (London). 29 January 2012.
- "Culture Minister David Lammy's Keynote Speech to ‘Slavery: Unfinished Business’ Conference".
- "BBC News: Head-to-head: Slavery 'sorrow'". 27 November 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Time Out – London's slave trade
- "MP David Lammy apologises for BBC Pope race 'innuendo' claim". BBC News. 13 March 2013.
- Curtis, Polly (18 November 2008). "High expectations". The Guardian (London).
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Lammy.|
- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament
|Baby of the House
as Minister of State for the Arts
|Minister of State for Culture
as Minister of State for Culture and Tourism
|Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
as Minister of State for Universities and Science