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Officer 'revealed details about Lawrence marriage split'

An undercover officer who allegedly "spied" on the Lawrence family disclosed details concerning the separation of Stephen Lawrence's mother and father, Doreen and Neville.

Doreen and Neville Lawrence pictured in 1999. Credit: PA Wire

The officer - known as N81 - reportedly "touched on personal details" concerning the family to the Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS) during the 1998 inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's death, according to the Ellison report.

Neville Lawrence labelled the claims as "disgusting", telling the Daily Mail: "It's unbelievable. They have mocked everything we have done, telling us to our faces that they are listening and things will change, and all the time laughing behind our backs.

"I think they are actually worse than criminals because these officers get paid with taxpayers' money for what they do."

Baroness Lawrence fights back tears in Lords

Stephen Lawrence's mother Baroness Lawrence fought back tears in the House of Lords as she said she and her family had endured "21 years of struggle" and there was "still more to come" following a review into the original investigation into her son's murder.

Watch: Overcome with emotion, Lord Taylor delivers apology to Baroness Lawrence

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Stephen Lawrence murder investigation report due

A major report examining claims of police corruption in the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation is to be published later.

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, with her son Stuart. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stephen, 18, was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white youths, in an unprovoked racist attack as he waited at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London, with a friend on April 22 1993. It took more than 18 years to bring two of Stephen's killers to justice.

Doreen Lawrence takes House of Lords seat

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the House of Lords.
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the House of Lords. Credit: PA Wire

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, has taken her seat in the House of Lords.

During the short ceremony where she took her seat in the House of Lords.

Now known as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon she will become a Labour peer.

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the House of Lords.
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the House of Lords. Credit: PA Wire

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Tory MP distances himself from right-wing group

Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg has distanced himself from right-wing group.
Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg has distanced himself from right-wing group. Credit: PA wire

A Tory backbencher has moved to distance himself from a right-wing group that apparently suggested black Britons should be asked to "return to their natural homelands".

Jacob Rees-Mogg was guest of honour at the Traditional Britain Group's annual dinner in London in May.

But the North East Somerset MP said he was not a supporter, and had been "shocked" by comments on its Facebook page.

One post condemned the peerage recently awarded to Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen.

The post said that "she, along with millions of others, should be requested to return to their natural homelands."

In a statement on its website, the Traditional Britain Group stood by the comments.

Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen to be made a peer

Doreen Lawrence is expected to follow the Labour whip in the Lords. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Doreen Lawrence, who has campaigned tirelessly for justice following the racist murder of her son Stephen, is to receive a seat in the House of Lords in a new peerages list.

The 60-year-old will be confirmed as a baroness when the list is published, which is expected to be tomorrow.

The London Evening Standard has reported she will be a Labour peer and is expected to attend the Lords regularly.

Police officer 'tasked with smearing Lawrence family'

A former undercover officer in the Metropolitan Police has alleged that he was tasked with collecting intelligence about relatives of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

He told Channel 4's Dispatches that he was a member of a secret unit within the force and that the snooping was commissioned with the possible aim of "smearing the family".

Watch the full Dispatches programme on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm.

Read: Stephen Lawrence 'smear plot' probe

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