Doreen Lawrence to become a Baroness

Wed 31 Jul 2013
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Campaigner is to be given a seat in the House of Lords and will sit on Labour's benches in the Upper house.

The mother of murdered London teenager Stephen Lawrence is to be made a Labour peer. Doreen Lawrence has led a long campaign to find out what happened to her son who was killed in a racially aggravated attack in 1993. Mrs Lawrence, who's campaigned for justice since her son's racist murder 20 years ago, is to be given a seat in the House of Lords. She will become a Baroness and will sit on Labour's benches in the Upper House. According to reports, the 60-year-old will be included in a list of new peerages expected to be announced on Thursday. Joan Ruddock is the Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford where the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is based.

Speaking to Premier's Marcus Jones on the News Hour she gave her reaction to the decision:

Eighteen-year-old Stephen Lawrence was stabbed by a gang of white youths as he waited for a bus in south London.

An inquiry following the murder led the Metropolitan Police to be accused of institutional racism and found failings in how the force had investigated the crime.

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