Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:43 pm on 29th March 1999.

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Photo of Piara S Khabra Piara S Khabra Labour, Ealing, Southall 8:43 pm, 29th March 1999

I represent a constituency that has a strong ethnic minority presence: nearly 30 per cent. of my electorate come from the ethnic minority community. It is a strong community, which is able to protect itself from racial attacks. In 1979, the community decided to oppose the presence of the National Front, which wanted to hold a meeting in my constituency in Southall. In that campaign 20 years ago, Blair Peach died, but no public inquiry has ever been held into his death. I want to take the opportunity offered by this debate to urge my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to set up a public inquiry into the death of Blair Peach and the question of who killed him.

I should like to reiterate the sentiments already expressed by other hon. Members today, that the work of Stephen's parents, Neville and Doreen, to obtain some justice after their son's death has been an example to everyone. I have been impressed and moved by their public appeals over the past six years. The Stephen Lawrence inquiry, which was brought to an end by the publication of the Macpherson report, is without doubt one of the most important inquiries ever to have taken place in this country.

I should like to present a glossary of the racial hate mail that I regularly receive from within the country and abroad. A letter that I was sent last year stated: when we had a Empire trying to make scum like you better, you did not want us in your country"— India— but after the British had left, you all realised what a stinking shower you all are, and you all want to come to our lovely country and make it like a pig hole like your own country.Go back to your own country and try to make it better, I believe and hope we British will get a new Enoch Powell who will deport all the stinking curry eating wogs out of Britain. Sooner the better. Union Jack.

Last year, I received a Christmas card, which had been posted in Paris. It said on the front: A Heartfelt wish to you and all your Family for Christmas and the New Year", but inside, it said a different thing altogether. The card was sent by one of the supporters of Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front, and said: Get out of my Country you fucking Wogs. Only our Politicians want you over here. We don't!

Another such leaflet was sent to me last year, saying: So F. O. back to Africa & India! We the English public didn't want you over here. Ever-only the bloody Politicians did. That is an example of the hate literature that is sent to us. Even Members of Parliament are not safe from it.

Another letter that was sent to me said: Mr. Khabra, how you can be proud of your Indian origins and ask Tony Blair a sycophant question on India's 50th independence anniversary my mind boggles because in practice Indians are corrupt and lazy and cannot organise a piss up in a brewery.