David was born in Tottenham on 19th July, 1972, one of five children raised by a 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) Law School. 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.

To read more about David's upbringing in Tottenham & Peterborough, read one of the following articles:


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 in June 2000.

David served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government
and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. He is now an active backbench MP.

Since the last general election, David has raised a number of issues in Parliament and elsewhere, including:
  • He has campaigned for the economic regeneration of Tottenham to solve the unemployment crisis that grips the area.
  • He has tabled an amendment to the Localism Bill to stop betting shops taking over our high streets.
  • He has established and now chair the all party group on Fatherhood and has raised the importance of black fatherhood in the 21st Century.
  • He has campaigned to stop Tottenham Hotspur from moving into the Olympic Stadium and is currently doing his best to facilitate the estimated £1 billion private-sector led regeneration of Tottenham that will follow the redevelopment of White Hart Lane.
  • He has campaigned for a reform of the Independent Police Complaints Commission so it can respond better to deaths and serious injury that follow Police contact.
  • He has campaigned for fairer and more transparent admissions systems for Oxford and Cambridge University, following the revelation at the continued lack of diversity amongst in their respective student bodies.

David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots (Guardian books, published November 2011, available here), a book about the reasons behind the 2011 riots and what has to be done to prevent them happening ever again. All author proceeds of the book are being donated to Tottenham-based charities. He has authored countless articles for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator (full portfolio here).

David lives in Haringey with his wife and two young sons.

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