David Lammy praises ‘warmth’ of reaction after being told he’s not English –


Labour MP David Lammy said he has been overwhelmed by messages of support after his encounter with a radio caller who claimed he will “never be English” because he is not white.

The shadow justice secretary praised the “warmth” of the British public after many people told the MP the caller in no way represented them.

“I had a call yesterday and it was a difficult call,” Mr Lammy said during his LBC programme on Tuesday morning.

“Over the last 24 hours the emails, the messages I’ve got … the warmth of this country is extraordinary,” said the MP for Tottenham.

Mr Lammy received support and praise from across the political spectrum for his handling of caller Jean on Monday, who told him: “You will never be English, because you’re African-Caribbean.”

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