David was born in Tottenham in 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. At eleven years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough. He came back to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School. Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997.
David returned to England and stood as a Labour candidate for the newly created Greater London Assembly, securing a position as the GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. Following the sad death of Tottenham’s longstanding MP Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000.
David served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. Since 2010, David has been an active backbench MP.
David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots (Guardian books, published November 2011, available here), a book about the reasons behind the 2011 riots and what has to be done to prevent them happening ever again. All author proceeds of the book are being donated to Tottenham-based charities. He has authored countless articles for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator.
David lives in Haringey with his wife and three children.