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2 months ago

David Lammy and I enjoy what may be a unique position in the history of political-media relations: the only time in which a journalist has been the subject of a freedom of information (FOI) request by a politician. One of Lammy’s many recurring campaigns concerns diversity – or the lack thereof – at Britain’s top universities, and in 2011 his latest set of FOIs had turned up the arresting statistic that in the year I began studying the University of Oxford had admitted just one black British student: me.