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David Lammy MP, Department for Constitutional Affairs, will give a public lecture on human rights in Britain at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 24 February.

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 in 2000 and is the youngest member of the government, having been appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) in June 2003. His responsibilities at the DCA include human rights.

Prior to his role at the DCA, 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 is a trustee of the international development charity ActionAid.

Dr Kate Malleson, LSE, will chair this event.

Human Rights Under Attack is on Thursday 24 February at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To read a transcript of this event, click here|


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

Lawboard (15 Feb)
Lecture: Human Rights Under Attack. Speaker: David Lammy, MP at LSE. 

14 February 2005