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David Lammy


Youngest post war MP

Before being appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, David Lammy was Parliamentary Private Secretary for Rt Hon Estelle Morris at the Department of Education. David Lammy was elected Member of Parliament for Tottenham at a by-election on 22nd June 2000 following the death of Bernie Grant.

David was born in Tottenham on 19th July, 1972, one of five children raised by a black single mother. At eleven years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough. He came back to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997. He was politically active throughout university, and spent his holidays volunteering for the Free Representation Unit, representing people in tribunals or in cases brought before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He did a placement in Jamaica, working for Amnesty International and volunteered in Thailand for Prisoners Abroad. David has practised as a lawyer in London and in California, specialising in medical ethics, negligence and commercial litigation.

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 sad death of Tottenham's longstanding MP Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27. He was and remains the youngest Member of Parliament.

David's key political areas of interest are Education, Social Exclusion, Economic Affairs and International Development.

David is a member of the All-party Group on Rwanda and the Prevention of Genocide, the British-Caribbean All-party Group and the All-party Group on Aids. He is a trustee of the international development charity Action Aid




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