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Human rights under attack

Speaker: David Lammy MP
Chair: Dr Kate Malleson, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
February 2005

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Human rights controversies are rarely off the news agenda. Blamed for everything from a compensation culture to provision of pornography to prisoners, it would be easy to think that the Human Rights Act heralded the end of common sense. Yet the Government that enacted it is now legislating again to establish a new commission for equality and human rights. As an election nears, David Lammy speaks about the state of human rights in Britain today.

David Lammy was elected Member of Parliament for Tottenham at the age of 27 in a by-election on 22nd June 2000 following the death of Bernie Grant.

David is the youngest member of the Government having been appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Constitutional Affairs on 13th June 2003. His responsibilities at the DCA include human rights.

Prior to his role at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, David Lammy was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary for Rt Hon Estelle Morris at the Department of Education and a member of the Greater London Authority with a portfolio for Culture and Arts.

David Lammy was born on 19 July 1972. He studied Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1995. He achieved a Masters degree in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997. He has practised in both England and the USA.

David is a trustee of the international development charity ActionAid.