The letter says:
‘We are particularly concerned about the planned review of the Public Sector Equality Duty since it incorporates the Race Equality Duty and a key legacy of Stephen Lawrence, and of the legacy of the 1997/99 Inquiry set up in his name’.
The letter asks that the Review by overseen by an appropriate parliamentary committee or independent panel, that it is governed by clear published terms of reference, and that it follows best practice in terms of post-legislative review.
The letter is addressed to David Cameron, the Prime Minister; Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister; Labour Party leader Ed Miliband; the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond; and the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.
The letter was supported by members of the BME VCS coalition.
In December 2012, in an interview with The Guardian, Doreen Lawrence claimed that the letter had been ignored and that the Government has neglected race equality concerns. Her concerns were widely reported.