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Question to the Home Secretary on Stephen Lawrence
25/06/2013 11:11:00


Following the latest revelations about the Stephen Lawrence case, I asked a question about it to the Home Secretary yesterday:

Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central) (Con): Does the Home Secretary agree that it now appears that the Macpherson report, which was so controversial at the time, actually understated the scale of the problem, and that the response that Neville and Doreen Lawrence received when their son was brutally murdered fell so far short of what they had a right to expect that it is almost beyond belief? Given that the Metropolitan police cannot do their job unless they have the support of all London’s communities, is it not essential that we get to the bottom of what has happened as soon as possible and that anyone found guilty of wrongdoing feels the full weight of justice?

Mrs May: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Neville and Doreen Lawrence had every right to expect that the police would do nothing less than hunt down those who murdered their son Stephen. Sadly, as we have seen, it was many years before anyone was brought to justice and there were issues with how the investigation was conducted and with the Metropolitan police, as was shown in the Macpherson report. He is right that if the police are to do their job, they need the confidence and support of the community, which is why it is imperative that where there is wrongdoing, it is identified, and that those who have committed wrongdoing, be it misconduct or criminal activity, are brought to the appropriate justice.

I was also interviewed about it on Newsnight last night.

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On 26/06/2013 00:56:00 Nicholas Flynn wrote:
Was this a 'planted' question in the House, bearing in mind the so-readily agreeable response from the Minister?



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