Lawrence 'transformed her grief' into reforming policing

Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabati said Doreen Lawrence's calm courage should be an inspiration to everyone. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said:

"Doreen Lawrence is a role model and a friend - heartfelt congratulations to her on her richly-deserved appointment to the House of Lords.

"Who can imagine transforming the grief of losing a child into a campaign to reform policing and the wider values of an entire nation? Her calm courage should be an inspiration to everyone."

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Lords seat for Doreen Lawrence

The ranks of the House of Lords are due to be swollen with the publication of a new list of working peers, including Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered London teenager Stephen.