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IN a recent House of Commons speech Labour MP Clive Efford climbed so far onto the `racism bandwagon' he was in danger of slipping off the other side.

To start with he covered his back, and secured valuable brownie points, by congratulating Mr and Mrs Lawrence. Then he moved on to blame the police who he claims had all the evidence they needed to make arrests within 24 hours of the murder. So far so good, and, so safe - but, fair enough and points worth making. Then he swiftly moved on to that other safe and snug point-scoring area - attacking the press.

Just a few items blamed firmly upon the press included the creation of a "myth of the wall of silence", creating a "feeding frenzy on race relations in Eltham" and, just for good measure, "hampering the early stages of the murder investigation."

The first point worth making is that were it not for the press' coverage of the case details of this murder would not have been brought to the attention of the public. Secondly, and I seek to make no issue of this point, it is quite simply a fact, that of the dozens of racist letters I have received at this office only one was sent from an area outside Eltham.

Clive Efford should wake up to the fact that racism exists in all areas, stop seeking to make political gains from it and fight the real issues and protagonists. Parliamentary chest-beating is all very well but surely the vociferation should have come earlier.

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