Mr Lammy (30), whose constituency is Tottenham, London, has been given responsibility for relations with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man following his appointment as a parliamentary secretary within the new Department of Constitutional Affairs.The department was created in last week’s Cabinet reshuffle and takes over from the Lord Chancellor’s Department.Mr Lammy is the fourth official contact Jersey has had with the UK government within the past three years.When the Lord Chancellor’s Department took over responsibility for the Crown dependencies from the Home Office in 2001, the Island’s initially dealt with Michael Wills.
He was briefly replaced by Yvette Cooper MP before Rosie Winterton MP was appointed last June.Mr Lammy, who was born and raised in Tottenham, was elected as an MP in June 2000.
Before his latest appointment, he was parliamentary secretary for Health and the first Tottenham MP to hold a government position since 1945.Mr Lammy was also parliamentary private secretary for former Education Minister Estelle Morris at the Department of Education and a member of the Greater London Authority with a portfolio for Culture and Arts.Before entering Parliament, Mr Lammy 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.As well as looking after the Crown dependencies, Mr Lammy’s responsibilities include human rights; legal aid, the Legal Services Commission and Community Legal Service; civil justice policy; domestic and international legal services; the Law Commission; and immigration and asylum policy.