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David Lammy among guest speakers at Police and Youth Symposium

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 18, 2017

David Lammy MP

Labour MP David Lammy, who recently headed the inquiry into Racial Disproportionality and the Criminal Justice System, is among leading speakers at a Police and Youth Engagement Symposium hosted by the Tutu Foundation UK at the House of Lords next month.

The event, on Tuesday 10th October, will discuss the findings of an external evaluation of the Ubuntu Police Youth Roundtable Project which aims to diffuse tensions in high crime areas by encouraging positive dialogue between opposing factions. 

The project, which has been has  jointly funded by  the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and Sir John Cass's Foundation, will be of particular interest to David Lammy. It’s sub-title is The Need For A New Approach.

The Tottenham MP’s recent independent report showed that black people in the UK are four times more likely to be in prison given their proportion of the total population.

As well as costing the taxpayer some £309 million each year the disproportionate number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people ending up in the Criminal Justice System is alienating communities and breeding anger and mistrust.

David Lammy concludes that : “It is only through delivering fairness, rebuilding trust, and sharing responsibility that we will build the equal and just society so often spoken about.”

The Symposium on 10 October will be chaired by Lord McNally. Other notable speakers who have been at the forefront of understanding and addressing issues pertaining to young people and the Police. include: 

 Baroness Massey of Darwen, former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children and the Police

Sir Hugh Orde OBE QPM, Former Head of ACPO and former Chief Constable of Northern Ireland

Patrick Williams, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-author of ‘Used and Abused: The problematic usage of gang terminology in the United Kingdom and its implications for ethnic minority youth’.

*Ubuntu is a South African philosophy based on our shared humanity and championed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

* Clive Conway is  chair of the Tutu Foundation UK