Monday, February 22, 1999 Published at 21:52 GMT
Police chief refuses to resign
Fresh flowers lie on Stephen Lawrence's memorial stone in Eltham
The head of London's police force is refusing to resign over condemnation of his force's handling of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Neville and Doreen Lawrence spent over four hours at the Home Office after being invited to see the report as a political row over the leaking of parts of it raged on in the House of Commons.
He was allowed to see the full document after leaked extracts said his force is "riddled with pernicious and institutionalised racism".
It is thought he may be preparing to change his stance over his assertion during last year's inquiry that there is no "institutionalised racism" within the force.
According to an interview in the London Evening Standard he is now prepared to accept a new definition contained in the Macpherson report.
Campaigners say it is too late for him to dig himself out of trouble.
Suresh Grover, head of The Monitoring Group, a west London anti-racist group, said Sir Paul's position was "untenable".
But Sir Herman Ouseley, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said all that mattered was whether he was committed to making necessary changes.
Sir Herman added that the commissioner's position depended on whether the report was very critical of him, if he was not prepared to accept it, or if the Lawrence family felt he should go.
Case for the defence
Senior police officers have defended Sir Paul's record and denied his force's reputation is in tatters.
The report, to be published on Wednesday, is thought to contain up to 70 recommmendations for the police and judicial system.
Three of the suspects in the Lawrence case were acquitted and cannot be tried again for murder.
Monday also saw the government's handling of the weekend leak of parts of the report prompting a furious exchange in the House of Commons.
Home Secretary Jack Straw defended his decision to apply for an injunction to try to stop publication in the media.
In the face of stinging criticism from Fleet Street and opposition politicians, he told MPs his decision was aimed at stopping unfair reporting.
He said he had the support of the Lawrence family and ordered an inquiry into the leak.