Doreen Lawrence

Baroness Lawrence was raised to the peerage as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica in 2013. She is affiliated with the Labour Party.

Baroness Lawrence was born in 1952, and was educated in south-east London. The British Campaigner is the mother of Stephan Lawrence, a British teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

In the aftermath of the McPherson Inquiry into the killing, she continued to campaign for justice for her son, as well as other victims of racist crime. She has worked to secure further reforms of the police service, and in 2003 was appointed OBE for services to community relations.

Baroness Lawrence is the founder of the Stephan Lawrence Charitable Trust, which promotes a positive community legacy in her son's name. She has been selected to sit on panels at the Home Office and the Police Service and is a member of both the board and the council of Liberty, the human rights organisation, as well as being a patron of hate crime charity Stop Hate UK.

Her great work has led her to receive a number of achievements like the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Pride of Britain Awards.

She received her peerage in 2013; the honour is rare as it is named after a location in a Commonwealth realm outside the United Kingdom. As well as this she also had the honour of taking part in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, were she joined Ban Ki Moon and others holding the Olympic flag.

She serves on the Joint Committee on Human Rights in Parliament.

Baroness Lawrence currently serves as Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester.

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