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David Lammy named Hero of the Year at Diversity Awards

AWARDED: David Lammy MP

DAVID LAMMY MP was named Hero of the Year at the Heathrow-sponsored European Diversity Awards on Thursday (Nov 16).

The Tottenham MP, who was first elected to Parliament in 2000, was recognised for his work in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster. He gave a series of powerful media interviews, urging the Government to provide a safety net for thousands of tenants living in social housing accommodation across the country.

Among the other contenders nominated in the same category were human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and social activist Munroe Bergdorf.

Diversity expert Linda Riley, who founded the European Diversity Awards, paid tribute to Mr Lammy and the winners. She said: “I would like to congratulate David on his award win. The Grenfell Tower disaster showed that we need properly regulated social housing in the UK, not a society in which the poorest are disregarded and their voices go unheard.

“David drove this message home time and time again, not just to the public at home, but by holding the Government to account. Everyone nominated for a European Diversity Award should feel proud, because they have contributed to making Europe a more accepting, diverse continent. We have made giant strides but there is still a lot more to do, which is why these awards are so important.”

The Labour politician lost a close friend - the artist Khadija Saye - in the devastating fire.

The European Diversity Awards, which took place at London’s Natural History Museum, recognise individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion across Europe. It saw a string of famous faces grace the red carpet to watch the winners collect their awards.

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