11. Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE. Anti-racism campaigner and Labour peer. She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. In 1999, after years of campaigning by the Lawrence family, a wide-ranging judicial inquiry was established to investigate the circumstances of Stephen’s death. It concluded that the Metropolitan Police was institutionally racist, one of the primary causes of their failure to solve the Stephen Lawrence case.
The Pitchford was set up after it was revealed that a Metropolitan police undercover unit – known as the Special Demonstration Squad – had gathered information on the Stephen Lawrence family. In this talk she explains what the new Inquiry means to the family.