Statement from Lee Jasper on plans by the Home Office to disband the Stephen Lawrence Steering Group.

29 September 2005

Lee Jasper, Mayor’s Policy Director on Policing and Equalities, said: ‘I urge the Home Secretary to rethink his decision to stand down the Stephen Lawrence Steering Group.  It would be, at this time, a mistake to disband this taskforce. At a time when community-police relations, in particular with Muslim communities, are strained the work of this group assumes even greater importance.

‘Whilst the taskforce has achieved much in ensuring that recommendations of the MacPherson Report are implemented, the work is far from over.

The fact is that across the country there is still a problem similar to those that existed in London a decade ago.  There is a continuing and compelling need to ensure the Lawrence Inquiry recommendations are implemented nationwide’.

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