Doreen Lawrence joins the Lords as a new peer

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Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has formally taken her seat in the House of Lords, following a short introduction ceremony on 15 October 2013.

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon will sit and vote as a Labour peer.

She campaigned for justice for her son who was murdered at the age of 18 in a racist attack in Eltham in 1993. In 2011 two men were convicted of his murder.

A new Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, also joined the upper House in Tuesday's ceremony.

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville is a former leader of Somerset County Council. She was first elected to the council in 1993 and also served on Ruth Kelly's 2007 commission which looked in to the barriers to people becoming councillors.

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