Doreen Lawrence has changed attitudes and policing in the UK, Labour leader Ed Milband said today after it was announced that she would be made a Labour peer.
Mr Miliband said: "Over the past 20 years, Doreen Lawrence has had a profound impact on Britain and I am delighted that she will become a Labour member of the House of Lords.
"Since the horrific racist murder of her son, Doreen has shown incredible strength and courage as she sought, and continues to seek, justice for Stephen.
"She has changed attitudes to policing and racism in this country and I have no doubt that her strength and determination will be a huge asset to the House of Lords in the coming years."
The list of the latest House of Lords peerages has been announced, by political party, they include:
- 14 Conservatives peers, including Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Associate Editor of The Times and Sir Stephen Sherbourne, former Political Secretary to Margaret Thatchery
- 5 Labour party peers, including race equality campaigner Doreen Lawrence and Sir Charles Allen CBE, non-executive director of LOCOG.
- 10 Liberal Democrat peers, including former Met Police deputy commissioner Brian Paddick and James Palumbo, co-founder of Ministry of Sound Group.
- 1 Green party peer, Jenny Jones, former chair of the Green Party.
Former Met Police deputy commissioner Brian Paddick is to become a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords, it has been announced.
As announced on Wednesday, Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murder teenager Stephen, has also been confirmed as receiving a seat in the Lords.
Other names on a list of the latest peerages include Jenny Jones, former Chair of the Green Party and Ministry of Sound mogul James Palumbo.
Labour peers have welcomed the news that Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen is to be made a Labour peer:
Great news that the formidable campaigner for justice Doreen Lawrence is joining Labours team in the Lords. We welcome & respect her.
Absolutely delighted that Doreen Lawrence is joining the Labour benches in the Lords. She'll make a great contribution to our Party
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate tells me he has done nothing wrong in the "cash for access" row, insisting he stuck by parliamentary rules, and if this is deemed wrong, it is the rules that need changing.
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."