Exclusive: Duwayne Brooks, friend of Stephen Lawrence, launches bid to become next London Mayor

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Duwayne Brooks, the friend of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, today entered the contest to be the next mayor of London.

Brooks, a former Lewisham councillor, who was recently awarded the OBE, hopes to be chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate.

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He was 19 when he and Stephen were confronted by a racist gang at Eltham in south east London in 1993. Stephen was stabbed to death.

Brooks told ITV News he would stand up for London's cabbies in their battle with minicab firms like Uber.

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Brook's main rival is likely to be London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon who launched her campaign today to be selected as Lib Dem candidate.