Bernie Grant(1944-2000), Labour politician; MP for Tottenham
Bernard Alexander Montgomery ('Bernie') Grant
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Guyanese-born Bernie Grant came to the UK in 1963 when his school-teacher parents took up the offer from the British Government to people of the colonies to settle in the UK. He graduated in Mining Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He was elected as MP for Tottenham in 1987, at a time when there were only two other black MP's. A controversial figure at times, he spoke out against Police racism. He also served as Councillor, London Borough of Haringey (1978-88), Council Leader (1985-7); Chairman and Founder Member, Parliamentary Black Caucus (1988). In September 2007 Haringey Council opened the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham in his memory.