On 19th December 2017, the Government published its response to the Lammy Review, accepting the vast majority of my 35 recommendations. You can read more in The Guardian, The Independent, BBC and The Times. I also spoke to BBC News and Sky News.
“My review revealed deep-seated problems within our criminal justice system and recommended swift action to deliver fairness and rebuild trust. BAME individuals still face bias – including overt discrimination – in parts
On 14th December, the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, I wrote to the Prime Minister regarding the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. I also attended the memorial service at St Paul's cathedral, an important moment for the country to come together to support the Grenfell families, remember those who lost their lives and commit to fighting for justice for all those who lived in Grenfell Tower. I spoke to the BBC and Sky News about the service and the public inquir
On Wednesday 13th December I was spoke in support of and voted for Amendment 7 to the EU Withdrawal Bill, an amendment that I co-sponsored alongside MPs from across political parties, requiring that Parliament has a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal before it is approved by the European Parliament. A number of Conservative MPs voted against the Government Whip, delivering a victory for parliamentary sovereignty. I applaud these MPs who stuck to their principles and rem
On Monday 11th December I secured an adjournment debate on the case of Abdulkarim Boudiaf, my constituent who was callously murdered in 2009 whilst enjoying a night out with friends. His family are still fighting for justice and his killer is still walking the streets as a free man.
As Members of Parliament we are first and foremost representatives of our constituents, and it is on behalf of the Boudiaf family that I spoke. You can read my speech here, and read more about
On Friday 7th December the Financial Times published an interview with me about inequality education, entrenched privilege, university access and university access - 'David Lammy: We have to redress the balance'. I have copied excerpts from the interview below: Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary educated at Eton and Oxford, is not a person many would consider a likely recipient of affirmative action. But his name is invoked by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham in nort
On Thursday 6th December, alongside 13 other Labour MP's, I wrote to the Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore urging him to ensure that every Premier League club pays all of their workers the Real Living Wage. I strongly believe that all Premier League clubs should pay their employees fairly, including agency and temporary workers. You can read more about the campaign here. In the letter we said: "Despite the record sums of money being generated by the Premier L
On 1st December, I published a statement supporting the campaign by Grenfell survivors and bereaved families for changes to be made to the manner in which the public inquiry is being carried out, including the appointment of a panel of advisors that better reflect the experiences and lives of the residents of Grenfell Tower. I said: “This public inquiry can only be legitimate if the Grenfell survivors and relatives of those who have died have the utmost confidence in the proc
On 29th November, I published an answer to the Parliamentary Question that I tabled to the Department for Communities and Local Government, which revealed that the deadline for rehousing Grenfell survivors has been extended to 12 months. When Grenfell was the leading story on the news, the Prime Minister originally promised that all survivors would be rehoused three weeks after the fire, but the vast majority of Grenfell residents are still being housed in emergency B&B accom
On 29th November, Donald Trump retweeted Britain First’s Deputy Leader, Jayda Fransen. In doing so, he not only tacitly endorsed and promoted the racist content of her tweets, but also the Islamophobia and hatred that Britain First represents. We cannot let Trump legitimise this sort of racist extremism and, as I have said previously, we must not appease him by inviting him for a state visit in Britain. Read my response here or below: "Trump sharing Britain First. Let that si
Three months ago, I asked the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, what plans he had to publish the studies undertaken by his department on the economic impact of Brexit. After months of campaigning, including a legal challenge and a written demand from 180 MPs, we still have not had full access to these studies, which relate to the futures of millions of people.
On 28th November, the issue was debated in the House of Commons during an Urgent Ques