Meet the U.K.’s Craziest MP: The Ballad of David Lammy

Meet David Lammy, MP for the Labour party and representing Tottenham since 2000.

Lammy made the rounds on social media this week for a goof during a televised interview with the BBC.

Due to an increase in knife crime and violence, concerns are rising over the safety of the London youth and the efficiency of the police services within the British capital. Lammy, on camera, stressed to the BBC:

“We haven’t seen the police while we’ve been here and I’ve been here for a little while.”

Unfortunately for Lammy, the camera caught a policeman on patrol in the background of the interview.

Rt Hon Jon on Twitter

Classic David Lammy moment on @BBCNews: “We haven’t seen police while we’ve been here and I’ve been here for a little while now.

This isn’t the first time that Lammy has had a misadventure. His behavior has been a wealth of humor over the past few years. Just last month Lammy reported a tweet by the official Leave EU account to the police, saying that the tweet in question was a crime under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 and demanded an investigation:

David Lammy on Twitter

Hello @metpoliceuk I would like to report this crime. Please investigate. This tweet is a crime under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: “Use of threatening words or behaviour, or any written material which is threatening or intends thereby to stir up religious hatred.”

Weeks before, Lammy had to apologize to the BBC for accusing them of racism due to an incredibly innocuous caption asking: “Will smoke be black or white?” regarding a chimney constructed over the Sistine Chapel. Outraged at the perceived offense, Lammy tweeted bitingly:

“This tweet from the BBC is crass and unnecessary. Do we really need silly innuendo about the race of the next Pope?”

Lammy later apologized, inadvertently revealing he had been skimming Twitter whilst at work, tweeting:

“Note to self: do not tweet from the Chamber with only one eye on what you’re reading. Sorry folks, my mistake.”

In 2016 Lammy was fined £5000 ($7090) by the Information Commissioner due to bombarding the public with “nuisance phone calls” to urge people to back him for Mayor of London. 35,629 calls were instigated over two days, relaying a recorded message which urged people to support Lammy. He was fined as the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham found that Lammy had broken privacy law rules as he did not have permission to contact the individuals.

Lammy lost out on becoming mayor as he picked up fewer than 10% of the total votes, losing out to Sadiq Khan.

Lammy also once had a stint on the game show Celebrity Mastermind, in which celebrities answer questions in quick-fire rounds. Lammy suffered a monumental failure, however, when he answered, “Who succeeded Henry VIII?” with “Henry VII”. When asked “What blue cheese traditionally goes with stilton?” he hilariously answered “Red Leicester” (to our American readers, the clue is in the name).

Never change Lammy. Never change.

David Lammy mastermind

David Lammy fails at celebrity mastermind. Q: Who succeeded Henry VIII? A: Henry VII Q: What blue cheese traditionally goes with stilton? A: Red Leicester

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Alizee covers campus news and U.K. politics for DANGEROUS. 



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