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Name: David Lammy
Candidate for: Tottenham
David Lammy, Labour Candidate, was born in Tottenham and continues to live there with his wife and two sons.
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 and David became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997.
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.
Political Background: He has served as a Minister in the Department of Health, the Department of Constitutional Affairs, Minister for Culture in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and most recently Minister for Skills.
He was made a member of the Privy Council in October 2008.
He is currently the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Among his numerous pledges are his campaign to Save Whittington Hospital and oppose any reduction in A&E services in North Middlesex.
He is also campaigning against transport price increases and the unlawful conversions of properties in the area. He aims to restore Tottenham Recreation Ground and provide 300 free cash machines in Tottenham.
He has started a petition demanding restrictions on the number of betting shops open in any one area.
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