To mark Stephen Lawrence Day 2021, Samuel Bailey (Balliol 2020) and another Oxford BCL student interviewed Rt Hon David Lammy MP.
David Lammy is the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham, where he was born and raised. After being elected for the seventh time in December 2019, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. As part of this role, Lammy built on his landmark review of the criminal justice system, which explored the treatment of and outcomes for Black and minority ethnic people in British courts and prisons. The review included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for the government and criminal justice sectors.
In the video interview, which you can watch here, BCL students Samuel Bailey and Josiah Senu discuss institutional racism and the criminal justice system with David, reflect on what it means to be ‘truly English’, ask for David’s views the report released by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, consider the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and more.
The event was organised by the Oxford Law Faculty and the Oxford Black Alumni Network.