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Doreen Lawrence takes up House of Lords seat

NEW SEAT: Doreen Lawrence (PA)

DOREEN LAWRENCE is to take her seat in the House of Lords today after being appointed a Labour peer.

The 60-year-old, whose son Stephen was murdered by a racist gang in 1993 in Eltham, southeast London, has been given the official title of Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.

Labour leader Ed Miliband signed off the proposal and it was put forward to Downing Street as part of Labour's recommendations.

It follows her 20-year fight for justice for her 18-year-old son, whose murder case became one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history.

Lawrence led the campaign to expose the failings of the police investigation into his murder.

This led to the groundbreaking MacPherson Report conducted in 1999, which found that the Metropolitan Police was “institutionally racist.”

Inspired to help others, Lawrence set up the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in her son's name to support young people from ethnic minority backgrounds to pursue their ambitions.

In 2003 she was awarded an OBE for her services to community relations.

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