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David Lammy MP

Former Higher Education Minister

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Lammy: I admire Thatcher

Labour mayoral hopeful David Lammy has spoken of his admiration for Margaret Thatcher‎.

The Tottenham MP also suggested that politicians today should be more like the late former Conservative prime minster.

Mr Lammy is the first ‎Labour figure to have throw his hat in the ring for the Labour nomination for London mayoral candidate.

He told a fringe event at the Labour conference this evening: "I admire the woman's conviction. I look at the generation of politicians we have today, we could do with some of that conviction."


1,310 schools 'failing on English and Maths'

More than 1,300 primary schools are failing to reach the required standards of teaching basic levels of English and maths, figures released yesterday show. The league tables show that 1,310 fall short of the required levels, while around 150 have been below the "floor standard" for five years. The revelation comes as Labour MP David Lammy accused the education secretary, Michael Gove, of an "undemocratic and aggressive" attempt to overhaul the management of the primary school he attended as a child.


An official review is expected the declare that universities should be able to put up to undergraduate fees to up to £14,000 a year for science courses. A report by Lord Browne, expected to be published in Autumn, is expected to favour allowing fees to rise above inflation for several years.


Gove target school downgraded

The Tottenham school at the centre of a battle between Michael Gove and local MP David Lammy has been placed in special measures following a recent OFSTED inspection.

The poor performance of Downhills School may be seen as an endorsement of the Education Secretary's plan to convert the primary school to academy status, over vigorous protests from Mr Lammy.


Less than 5% of students at the UK's 20 leading universities come from neighbourhoods that traditionally see few children go to university, official figures have shown.


Higher education minister, David Lammy, has said there will be "no significant upturn" in university funding and a funding freeze will last for several years.