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Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 July (WA 233) and new allegations of smear campaign by different police constabularies around the time of the MacPherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, whether they will commission an independent judge-led inquiry into the allegations.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Operation Herne has the competence to investigate the allegations of undermining and smearing of the reputations of witnesses and whistleblowers such as Mohammed Amran by the West Yorkshire Police and Charles Critchlow involving the Greater Manchester Constabulary; and how they intend to establish the facts in such cases.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Claims that undercover police may have targeted the Lawrence family and others involved in the Macpherson Inquiry are deeply shocking. It is vital that these allegations are rigorously investigated.

The Home Secretary wrote to all forces in England and Wales on 3 July to ask them to check their records for any material that suggests intelligence or surveillance activity was ordered or carried out in relation to the Macpherson Inquiry, Stephen Lawrence's family or anyone connected to the Inquiry.

Greater Manchester Police, West Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Police have already referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The IPCC is considering these referrals. Separately, Operation Herne, led by Derbyshire Constabulary Chief Constable Mick Creedon is investigating undercover deployments by a Metropolitan Police Unit—including the alleged deployment in relation to the Lawrence family. The Home Secretary will consider alternative forms of inquiry if that proves to be necessary.

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