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Boris backs re-opening of the Macpherson Inquiry

SUPPORT: Boris Johnson backs re-opening of the Macpherson Inquiry - London's Mayor gives written support to Doreen Lawrence

LONDON'S MAYOR, Boris Johnson, has offered his full support to Doreen Lawrence following her request to re-open the Macpherson Inquiry.

The London mayor's support follows allegations that some evidence may have been withheld from the original inquiry into the murder of black teenager, Stephen Lawrence. He was killed in a racist attack in Eltham, southeast London in April 1993.

In a letter written to Mrs. Lawrence, Mayor Johnson outlined his agreement that there are grounds for the request. This, he said, was based on reports published in the Independent newspaper in March that claims a key member of the investigating team in the initial 1993 murder inquiry was allegedly corrupt.

“I fully support your call for an inquiry into these new allegations and I have conveyed my views of this to the Home Secretary,” Mayor Johnson wrote.

In March, Mrs. Lawrence wrote to Theresa May, the home secretary, expressing her concerns about the initial murder investigation after it was alleged that one officer may have had links to the father of one of the murder suspects.

The newspaper claimed that some vital evidence in police files were withheld from the Lawrence family and appeared not to have been passed in full to the Macpherson Inquiry. The inquiry examined the mismanaged murder investigation.

Mayor Johnson also expressed a willingness to ensure that the Met Police has implemented the recommendations from the Macpherson Inquiry. Critics have lamented that recommendations have not been fully implemented more than 10 years after the inquiry's report.

He wrote: “The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime – the successor body of the Metropolitan Police Authority – is reviewing whether the Metropolitan Police Service has properly implemented all the recommendations of the Macpherson Inquiry. It is imperative that the MPS and other police forces learn the lessons of Stephen’s tragic death."

“The Commissioner must take a zero-tolerance approach to any racism in the ranks of the MPS. So too must any corruption be thoroughly investigated and completely eradicated from the force,” he added.

Last week, Met Police deputy commissioner Craig Mackey said in a statement: '...There is no room for racism in the Met.'

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