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Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham

David has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000. David was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, practised as a barrister in England and the United States and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997.   David is one of Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. David led the campaign for Windrush British citizens to be granted British citizenship and paid compensation by the government, forcing the Home Secretary to guarantee the citizenship of Commonwealth nationals, set up a specialist Commonwealth Taskforce and establish a compensation scheme. In January 2016, the then Prime Minister David Cameron asked David to lead an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in our criminal justice system. The Lammy Review was published in September 2017, and included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for Government and the criminal justice sector. In April 2018 the Home Secretary asked David to join the Government's Serious Violence Taskforce.

  • Addressing the biases against BAME individuals within the Criminal Justice System in order to overturn the trust deficit and save £309m annually
  • Outlining how 25% of adult prisoners are of BAME origin despite only making up 14% of the England and Wales population
  • Initiating collaborative efforts across the Justice System to educate defendants about their legal rights and options during legal proceedings
  • Taking advantage of the court modernisation programme, and using technology to build trust and transparency with better use of data
  • Setting a clear national target to achieve a racially and socially representative judiciary and magistracy by 2025
  • Implementing performances indicators in prisons to boost accountability and equality of treatments among races