David Lammy(1972-), Politician; MP for Tottenham
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British-born to Guyanese parents, Lammy was 12 when his father left home. He studied law at SOAS, London University and went on to become the first black Briton to study for an LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Called to the bar of England and Wales in 1994 at Lincoln's Inn, he practised as a barrister. Succeeded Bernie Grant, as MP for Tottenham (June 2000), becoming at the time Britain's youngest MP, aged 28. He was Junior Health Minister (2002-May 2003), before moving sideways in a Government reshuffle to the Department of Constitutional Affairs to work with the Lord Chancellor to set up a new Supreme Court. He chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood and has written on the subject of fathers as positive role models.
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