UK Politics


On the morning of 7 July 2005, David Lammy was in the gym in County Hall, just across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament. As the then Minister for Culture, he had spent the previous day celebrating the announcement that London had succeeded in its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. He was in a buoyant mood.


David Cameron’s hopes of winning a new deal for Britain in the European Union have suffered a double setback as he prepares to outline his proposals to fellow EU leaders at a summit today. EU diplomats predicted that France would prove a major stumbling block to the Prime Minister’s demands and would not join Germany in “going the extra mile” to keep Britain in the 28-member EU club.