New Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC

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David Lammy

David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC.

David Lammy was elected Member of Parliament for Tottenham at a by-election on 22nd June 2000.

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

He was politically active throughout university, and spent his holidays volunteering for the Free Representation Unit, representing people in tribunals or in cases brought before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He did a placement in Jamaica, working for Amnesty International and volunteered in Thailand for Prisoners Abroad. David has practised as a lawyer in London and in California, specialising in medical ethics, negligence and commercial litigation.

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 was appointed to Government as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris, the Secretary of State for Education, in June 2001. In May 2002 David was given his first Ministerial position in the Department of Health as Under-Secretary of State. 2004 saw David moving to the new Department for Constitutional Affairs as a junior minister.

He is a trustee of the international development charity AcitionAid and was formerly a director of the Church of England.

Contact: Michael Lewis +44(0)207 323 8611

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