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Labour Lords welcome Doreen Lawrence peerage

Labour peers have welcomed the news that Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen is to be made a Labour peer:

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.

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House of Lords toilet refurbishment may cost £100k

Up to £100,000 is to be spent refurbishing two toilets used by peers and VIP guests at the Palace of Westminster, according to a House of Commons contract.

Up to £100,000 is to be spent refurbishing two toilets. Credit: PA

The House of Lords lavatories give a "poor image" of the Palace of Westminster and are in an "unacceptable condition for the high profile area they are in", adds the job description put out to tender via the website government-online.net.

The paperwork states the last revamp took place more than 20 years ago, and the contract is valued by the House of Commons authorities at between £90,000 and £100,000.

The work to ensure the toilets in the Salisbury Room area comply with disability access legislation is estimated to take 42 days to complete.

Lord Mackenzie: 'I have obeyed the rules'

Labour peer Lord Mackenzie insisted he had "done nothing wrong" and claimed he had not breached parliamentary rules following lobbying claims.

"I've obeyed the rules. I know what the rules are - obviously I studied them before I get involved in these sort of issues," he said, speaking before the Labour Party announced that he had been suspended pending further investigation.

He said he had been considering "perhaps taking a consultancy" with a solar energy glazing firm, which "sounded like quite an interesting and novel thing" because of his interest in energy policy.

Two Labour peers suspended from party after claims

A Labour Party spokesperson said Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie had been suspended from the party:

Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate have been suspended from the Labour Party pending further investigation.

The Labour Party expects the highest standards of its representatives and believes that they have a duty to be transparent and accountable at all times.

– Labour Party spokesperson

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Greening: We need to look more carefully at lobbying

International Development Secretary Justine Greening told ITV News that the main political parties "need to look more carefully at lobbying" in the light of allegations made in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and on BBC's Panorama programme.

She stopped short of saying that a statutory register of lobbyists was required but said politicians need to "better manage this whole issue" in a way that "doesn't constrain people from getting their points across in parliament."

Lord Laird relinquishes whip 'pending investigation'

Lord Laird has resigned the Ulster Unionist whip pending an inquiry into allegations he broke parliamentary rules, party leader Mike Nesbitt said.

Having reviewed the video footage on the Daily Telegraph website, and other media reporting of Lord Laird's engagement with alleged lobbyists, I telephoned his home this morning and as a result he has relinquished the Party Whip, pending the outcome of the review of his behaviour that he has already requested of the relevant authorities at Westminster.

Shadow Home Secretary angered by lobbying claims

Douglas Alexander MP said he was angered both as a citizen and a politician by the latest allegations of misconduct from The Sunday Times.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on the BBC, he said:

"Any right thinking person reading the newspapers this morning wouldn't just feel sad, they would feel angry."

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