Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2019

Comic Relief ROW: Lammy attack ‘cost charity £8m’ – ‘Pathetic manufactured indignation!’ | UK | News

By the end of Friday’s show, Comic Relief had raised £63 million, the lowest sum for 12 years and markedly down on the £71m achieved in 2018. Tory MP Chris Philp blamed the gap on Mr Lammy’s Twitter outburst at Stacey Dooley last month in which the Tottenham MP accused the journalist of being an ‘unhelpful white saviour’. Mr Philp said Mr Lammy’s comments were “pathetic manufactured indignation” and demanded he apologise to the charity.

In February, Mr Lammy criticised Ms Dooley for travelling to Uganda to record an appeal film for Comic Relief.

During her visit, the investigative journalist known for her hard-hitting documentaries covering topics including sex trafficking, drug wars, child prostitution and child labour in developing countries, highlighted the plight of people living in poverty.

The 32-year-old posted a picture on her Instagram page which prompted a wave of attacks from campaigners.

Mr Lammy, 46, joined in the criticism of the Strictly Come Dancing winner saying: “The world does not need any more white saviours.

“As I’ve said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes.

“Let’s instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate.”

After the sharp fall in donations was revealed, Mr Philp, Conservative MP for Croydon South, tweeted: “Pathetic manufactured indignation from David Lammy has caused £8m less money to be raised for charity.

“The cost of his absurd egotistical posturing is real.

“This is money that could have been used to save lives.

“He should fulsomely apologise to stop a repeat next year.”

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales also slammed Mr Lammy.

He tweeted: “I notice David Lammy wisely keeping quiet while the UK celebrates Comic Relief raising millions for good causes and raising awareness of our fortunate place in the world and what we can do to help. Wisely keeping quiet.”

During the row, Comic Relief released a statement saying they were “really grateful” that the award-winning documentary maker agreed to make the film.

The charity added it “makes no apologies” for sending her to discover more about projects funded by British peoples’ donations.

A spokesman said: “Stacey has filmed and reported on challenging issues all over the world, helping to put a much-needed spotlight on issues that affect people’s lives daily.

“In her film, people working with or supported by Comic Relief projects tell their own stories in their own words.

“We have previously asked David Lammy if he would like to work with us to make a film in Africa and he has not responded. The offer is still open.” has approached Mr Lammy for comment.

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