Today (20th October) I have published data on Oxbridge access following Freedom of Information requests. You can download the data in full here and read the press release in full below. You can read more in The Guardian here and here, or on BBC news here. You can read my article for The Guardian here. OXBRIDGE ACCESS DATA FOIs – FORMER HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTER SLAMS LACK OF PROGRESS AND CALLS FOR REFORM Former Higher Education Minister David Lammy MP brands Oxbridge colleges
On Tuesday 17th October I spoke in the debate on the Rohingya people and the Myanamar Government. I criticised the response of our Government and of the international community as a whole to the ethnic cleansing going on in Myanmar: "On issues of human rights in recent times, the global north has been very long on rhetoric and very short on action... Is there a crisis in our own country, because as we tun inwards, with huge concern about immigration, we turn away from the ref
On Wednesday 11th October I wrote to the Brexit Secretary David Davis MP, with the support of over 120 Members of Parliament, demanding that he published studies that the Department for Exiting the European Union have conducted into the impact of Brexit on our economy. You can read the letter in full below. As I told The Guardian: "We have to wonder what exactly the government are hiding in refusing to publish these reports. Parliament and the public have a right to know what
On Tuesday 10th October the Government published its race disparity audit that revealed deeply ingrained disparities. I did a number of media interviews to set out my response to the audit, and as I told The Guardian: "We simply can't let this racial disparity audit bring forth more talking shops. We've had a lot of talk, it's now time for action." I told BBC News: "There isn't anything new here - we know the issues particularly in education and the labour market. So the real
To mark the start of Black History Month this October, I have written a short introduction to Black History Month for the official website and magazine. You can read my message below or here. It feels as though Black History Month is needed now more than ever. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise and I find my country more divided now that at any prior point in my lifetime. Looking further afield, the election of Donald Trump as US Presi
I spoke to the Fabian Society's Quarterly Review (Autumn edition) about my independent review of the criminal justice system, Grenfell and the next Labour government. During the interview I reiterated my call for the state to intervene and spend taxpayers' money on social housing instead of housing benefit to private landlords. Asked about the centre ground in UK politics, I said: "What is the middle ground? My mother used to say you can't build a bridge from the centre groun
I spoke to Music Teacher Magazine about the importance of music education for their September 2017 edition.
When I was 10 years old I was awarded an Inner London Education Authority choral scholarship to attend The King's School, a state boarding school in Peterborough. I am very grateful to my teacher Mrs Shepherd - who changed my life - and I am a very proud advocate of music education and access to the arts. In the coming months I will be campaigning to changes the Ebacc