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David Lammy MP to speak to Lewisham BAME community

PICTURED: David Lammy MP

ON THURSDAY 29th November, David Lammy MP will be joining local residents at the Pepys Estate Community Centre in Deptford to speak on the Windrush scandal and how to campaign for justice.

Lammy has been one of the most vocal critics against the government’s now infamous “hostile environment” immigration policy that led to the wrongful deportation of hundreds of British Caribbeans who settled in the UK as part of the Windrush generation.

The borough of Lewisham is made up of 48% Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) population and potentially hundreds of those residents have been adversely affected by the government’s policies, with stories of deportations and refusal of healthcare and housing support commonplace across the borough.

Lammy is expected to echo the sentiments he made in the Houses of Parliament back in April of this year when news of the scandal broke, declaring it “a day of national shame.”

The event will be held at the 2000 Community Action Centre and is being organised by the Lewisham Deptford Labour Party’s BAME forum.

The forum’s chair Sophia Mangera, sees the event as particularly important for Lewisham. She said: “The Windrush generation lives here. They have helped build the key institutions in this country, such as the NHS and they have been severely let down by this government’s short-sighted and cruel policy that has seen many hard-working people denied their basic rights and in some cases, sent halfway across the world away from their families, their homes and their communities.”

The meeting will also address what support can be provided for those affected by the scandal with local MP, Vicky Foxcroft co-hosting the event.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register on Eventbrite following this link: http://bit.ly/2OTFb6V or by typing “Windrush and Beyond - with David Lammy MP” into the event search.

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