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David Cameron: Britain ‘still has a problem with racism’

In an interview after the high-profile trial over the killing of the black teenager, who was attacked by a racist gang in 1993, Mr Cameron said the UK was a “less racist country” than at the time of Stephen’s death.

But he said people from minority ethnic backgrounds still faced disadvantage.

Asked about the future of the Metropolitan Police’s Lawrence inquiry team on Sky News’s Boulton and Co show, Mr Cameron declined to comment.

“It’s a matter for the police,” he said. “They must feel empowered to seek the truth and find justice.

“The Metropolitan Police and Metropolitan Police Authority – I believe in trusting them to make those decisions and I think it is right that they should.”

Asked whether race relations had improved since 1993, Mr Cameron said: “I think we are a less racist country but we have still got a problem with racism.

“We have still got a problem of people from different racial backgrounds being disadvantaged in Britain.

“I think the country has come a huge way since that dreadful murder, but there is still a lot more to be done.”

His comments came after the only witness to Stephen’s killing described how he had been victimised in the 18-year wait for justice.

Duwayne Brooks told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “For 18 years, I have endured harassment, victimisation, being blamed for the first

via  Telegraph.

 

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