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A special day with Doreen Lawrence in Norwich


As a Labour candidate I'm fortunate to be able to meet many people but some days are extra special.
Doreen Lawrence, or to give her the correct title Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, came to visit Norwich and support my campaign and what a great day it was.

The lecture theatre at UEA was packed to hear Doreen Lawrence speak as part of the International Women's day events at the university.
What we heard was the story of Doreen Lawrence's own personal campaign following the murder of her son Stephen in a racist attack in London in1993.
Since then she has worked to bring in police reforms and is a tireless campaigner for justice.
She was also clear had it not been for the Labour government there would never have been a public enquiry into the way the police handled her son's murder.
20 years after Stephen's death she was given a life peerage and now sits in the House of Lords for Labour. As a result she was keen to encourage her audience of mostly women to engage in politics and help bring about the changes needed to build a more just and equal society.
And this was the theme of events as we moved on to Bignold School in the centre of Norwich.
Under the guidance of headteacher Clare Cook, the children had been working on a project for the visit around respect and tolerance for each other. It's a school where there are 34 different languages spoken.
Doreen said: "I don't usually get a chance to engage with younger children so it was a pleasure to visit Bignold Primary school with Clive. Bignold Primary is a great example of a school that embraces diversity and engages with its pupils on the importance of respect and social inclusion.
Iā€™m glad I was able to support Clive as we spent time talking with parents, teachers and community groups. It was a privilege to visit the school and watch the kids present so creatively and intelligently on a topic close to my heart.ā€
The children had learned songs in Jamaican patois, read poetry and spoke of peace between people. They said, "no one knows what peace looks like, but it feels like the soft white sand and the shimmering sea and peace smells of chocolate.ā€

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