David Lammy MP

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David Lammy became the youngest qualifying barrister in England in 1994 and went on to become the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 27. He was named in the 2012 Powerlist, which profiles Britain’s 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage. David is currently a back bench opposition MP. Previously he was the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. In 2005, when he was the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, he played an important part in overseeing Liverpool’s role as European Capital of Culture in 2008 and the Cultural Olympiad running up to 2012. David became the MP for Tottenham - where he was born and raised as one of five children by a single mother - at a by-election in June 2000, following the death of Bernie Grant. He was re-elected the following year and became the first Tottenham MP to hold a Government position since 1945. The 2012 Powerlist said his profile was higher than it ever was after the Tottenham riots in 2011 and that he is likely to be one of the most influential figures in rebuilding the London borough. The feature said he had a genuine connection with the area and remains young enough to empathise with many of the social problems affecting inner city youth. David studied Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1990 and then attended the Inns of Court School of Law. He went on to become the first black Briton to study a Master of Laws at the Harvard Law School in 1997. He was politically active throughout his university life and worked part-time as a volunteer for the Free Representation Unit. He did a placement in Jamaica, working for Amnesty International and volunteered in Thailand for Prisoners Abroad. He practised as a lawyer in London and California, specialising in medical ethics, negligence and commercial litigation.