The Right Honourable David Lammy MP
David Lammy is a former UK Government Minister for Higher Education, first elected to Parliament in 2000. He has represented the constituency of Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey for the last 14 years.
David was born in Tottenham on 19th July 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. At the age of eleven, he won a scholarship as a chorister to attend The Kings School, a state choral school in Peterborough. David returned to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School. Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, he became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997.
David returned to England and stood as a Labour candidate for the newly created Greater London Assembly, securing a position as the GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. Following the death of Tottenham’s longstanding MP, Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000.
Between 2001 and 2010, David served as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. He is now an active backbench MP, taking a particular interest in urban policy, education, legal aid, race and inequality.
In September 2014, David announced he would seek the Labour nomination to be Mayor of London in 2016. In November 2014, he was shortlisted for the an accolade at the MP of the Year Awards, and was subsequently awarded the Runner-up award for Labour MP of the Year.