Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has been named politician of the year at this year’s GQ awards, he was recognised for his campaigning work and rallying speeches. Lammy has been an ardent campaigner for those affected by the Windrush immigration scandal and the Grenfell Tower fire.
He thanked the people of Tottenham and dedicated his award to the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze and members of the Windrush Generation who have been mistreated by the British government, saying: “I dedicate this to the 71 people who lost their lives in a preventable fire at Grenfell Tower. To the 2,272 Windrush Generation British people who should be getting a passport. We remember the three people sent back to Jamaica who have lost their lives.”
He also made reference to former NFL football player Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the US, saying: “I dedicate this to all of those men and women across our world who are fighting rising xenophobia and racism and when the most powerful protest that we’ve got at the moment is demonstrated by a sportsman who gets down on bended knee all of us know that the time is now to act on some of what we’re seeing in the political establishment.”
After accepting the award, Lammy tweeted: “Thank you @BritishGQ for the Politician of the Year Award. I collected the award on behalf of the good people of Tottenham, the 72 people who lost their lives at Grenfell and of course the Windrush Generation.”
GQ described Lammy as “a backbench MP who has never failed this year to stand up and be counted” and as having “fought endlessly, tirelessly, furiously, for justice”.
Watch his acceptance speech in full below: