Miliband behind Lawrence Peerage

Ed Miliband was behind the decision to make Doreen Lawrence a peer, according to The Guardian. The paper says Miliband has long admired Doreen Lawrence’s campaigning skills, as well as her commitment to wider race issues.
Earlier this month Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenage Stephen Lawrence, gave evidence to the home affairs select committee following claims by the former undercover officer Peter Francis that attempts were made to find information to smear the Lawrence family after Stephen’s murder in April 1993.
She has already received an OBE and founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to promote a positive community legacy in her son’s name.
She is a member of both the board and the council of the human rights organisation Liberty, as well as being a patron of the hate crime charity Stop Hate UK. She also took part in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
A Labour source said: “Doreen Lawrence is a hero of modern Britain. The strength and courage she has shown in her fight for justice for her son Stephen has had a profound impact on attitudes to racism and policing. Her campaigning has changed, and will continue to change, our country for the better. Ed Miliband believes voices like hers should always be heard in parliament.”
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