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David Lammy’s plan to fight political polarisation

In his new book Tribes, the Labour MP says we must cooperate, communicate and compromise

By Jonathan Lis   April 2020

Labour MP David Lammy speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto)

In his fine, ambitious new book, Labour MP David Lammy unpacks one of the key struggles of our age: how we can fight the emotional and political polarisation of our modern tribes while satisfying the powerful need to belong.

Lammy begins by exploring his own complex identity. He takes us through his parents’ immigration from Guyana, his upbringing in Tottenham, and transformative experience as a choral scholar at Peterborough’s cathedral…

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