Stephen Lawrence concert at O2

Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth are among the stars who will perform at a concert at the O2 Arena in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, 20 years after he was stabbed to death.

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Mother criticises government for not supporting Lawrence charity

Government should want to support our organisation, says Doreen Lawrence Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mrs Lawrence said the money raised by the concert would help her foundation, which has struggled for funding in recent years, to continue its work for another 20 years.

Speaking after the launch event at Abbey Road studios, she said that she would like to see the Government provide more funding.

She said they had received some emergency funding from the Home Office, but added "we shouldn't have to do that".

"We shouldn't have to think 'that's just a one-off'. They should look to continue to do it," she said.

The commemorative plaque in Eltham, where Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993 Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"They have seen the work that we do, they have seen the progress we have made, they have seen all the opportunities that young people have had since they have been at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

"I think that should be something that makes them say: 'Ok, we want to support an organisation like you, you can make a difference to so many young lives, get them off the streets, get them into education, get them into a profession.'

"That is what I would like to see the Government do a lot more of."

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