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PM to discuss Lawrence inquiry call

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary will consider on Monday whether more needs to be done to investigate allegations that undercover police hunted for information to smear the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

David Cameron will discuss calls for a public inquiry with Theresa May when he returns from an official visit to Kazakhstan. Members of the Lawrence family have called for the allegations to be investigated in public hearings.

Mr Cameron said: "We need to think very carefully about how to get to the bottom of this."

Stephen's mother Doreen Lawrence met Mrs May at the Home Office last week to urge her to hold a full investigation in public. The teenager's father Neville wants a judge-led public inquiry, claiming that investigations which have already been announced are not enough to get to the truth.

Mr Cameron said he and Mrs May would "do whatever needs to be done". He said: "So I will discuss with her when I get back on Monday whether we think what we have is enough or whether we need to do more. They are very disturbing allegations, there is no doubt about that.

"We have these two inquiries under way. They have been effectively sort of widened. But we need to ask the question is that enough? Will that work? Will that get to the bottom of things? Are there other powers, are there further inquiries that are necessary? We need to ask and answer these questions."

Claims have been made by former undercover officer Peter Francis that attempts were made to find information to smear the Lawrence family following Stephen's murder in April 1993.

Mrs May said last week the claims could be examined by two existing inquiries - a police investigation into the activities of undercover officers and another led by Mark Ellison QC into allegations of corruption in the original investigation into Stephen's murder.

Mr Cameron said: "When you have two inquiries under way you have to think carefully about how to add to them. So I will do that on my return."


From Belfast Telegraph