Doreen Lawrence gets Labour peerage in the House of Lords to recognise her twenty-year long fight to bring her son’s murderers to account.
Doreen whose son Stephen died in a racist attack in 1993, gets recommendation by the Labour party for a seat in the House of Lords to acknowledge her campaign against racism and injustice.
Stephen Lawrence was a Black British teenager from Eltham, South East London, who died in a racist attack as he waited for a bus on 22 April 1993.
Doreen Lawrence, 60, will become a baroness and would be on Labour’s benches in the Upper House.
Ed Miliband, the Labour Leader approved the recommendation which was then forwarded to Number 10 Downing Street.
A new peerages list is out Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Doreen championed a campaign that exposed botched police investigations into her teenage son’s murder.
As a result of her resolve to bring justice, a public inquiry was held in 1998, led by Sir William Macpherson.
After examining the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) investigation, the inquiry concluded that the force was “institutionally racist.” Jack Straw the then Home Secretary in a statement in 2012 said ordering the inquiry was “the single most important decision I made as Home Secretary”.
In 2010 the case became “one of the highest-profile unsolved racially motivated murders” in the United Kingdom.
Formerly a special education needs tutor; Doreen also founded “Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust” in honour of her late son and to promote a positive community legacy.
Doreen received an OBE in 2003 for her community relations efforts.