Lammy tells Lang­don of his debt to Jewish back­ers

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACKMAN

TOT­TEN­HAM MP David Lammy has told Lang­don supporters of his debt to the Jewish com­mu­nity.

Ad­dress­ing 200 supporters at a busi­ness break­fast at the Park Lane Ho­tel, Mr Lammy re­called that a group of Jewish lawyers had funded his $40,000 (£26,000) en­try into Har­vard Law School. He also spoke of his long-time as­so­ci­a­tion with Lord Sugar.

“As some­one born in the 1970s, raised by a sin­gle mother in a tough part of Lon­don, I’m here be­cause peo­ple gath­ered round my fam­ily to sup­port me and make things hap­pen, none more so than the Jewish com­mu­nity,” Mr Lammy said.

He went on to re­veal that when his fa­ther was strug­gling to keep his taxi­dermy busi­ness afloat, “a very young Jewish man turned up who wanted to make elec­tric boards and cir­cuits and hired out the back of my dad’s fac­tory in White Hart Lane.

“That man was the first to sup­port me when I an­nounced I wanted to run to be Labour’s Mayor of Lon­don. It was Alan Sugar.”

As for his law school en­try, Har­vard had told him: “‘You’re go­ing to be the first black Brit to come, we really want you to come, but it’s go­ing to cost you $40,000.’ I didn’t have the money and I’m very grate­ful to a group of Jewish lawyers who got to­gether and got the money for me to go. That is why I am here. Be­cause you reach out and you help oth­ers.”

As the fa­ther of a child with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, Mr Lammy well ap­pre­ci­ated the work of Lang­don, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional and em­ploy­ment sup­port to young adults with learn­ing needs. His Tot­ten­ham con­stituency is home to one in seven Bri­tish Charedim.

The ap­peal video fea­tured Si­mon Houl­ton, a Lang­don client helped into paid ad­min­is­tra­tive work. He told break­fasters: “I love work­ing, and it’s only be­cause of Lang­don that I can. Please dig deep.”

Lang­don also pre­sented its Em­ployer of the Year award to Si­mon Lester, of Lester Ho­tels, say­ing that his pro­gramme was “a ben­e­fit for the em­ployer as much as the employees”.

An­other MP, Ivan Lewis, was also among guests at the break­fast, which raised £60,000.

‘I’m here be­cause peo­ple gath­ered around my fam­ily to sup­port me’

PHOTO: BLAKE EZRA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

David Lammy ad­dress­ing the break­fast

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