STEPHEN Lawrence’s close pal who was with him when he was murdered is being lined up to be the next Tory Mayor of London, The Sun can reveal.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, gang crime campaigner Duwayne Brooks branded Labour's Sadiq Khan “the worst Mayor ever” as he revealed he has joined Theresa May’s party.
Rex Features Duwayne Brooks, a close friend of murdered Stephen Lawrence, has joined the Tories to oppose Sadiq Khan
He said: “I’ve made the decision to join the party in Government – because I want to be able give young black men a voice, across not just London but across the country.”
Mr Brooks, who was with the slain teen when he was stabbed by racist thugs in 1993, last night slammed Labour for letting black community down with “poor houses, poor education and high crime”.
And he urged Mr Khan to get a grip on rising violence in the capital or quit.
Mr Brooks was waiting at the bus stop in Eltham with 18-year-old Stephen when the pair were brutally set upon in an unprovoked attack in 1993.
PA:Press Association Duwayne was with 18-year-old Stephen when he was murdered in 1993
He previously served as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Lewisham, South-East London and stood as an independent candidate in last month’s local elections.
He was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his campaigning work.
Now senior Tories believe he could be their man to run for City Hall in 2020.
One London Conservatives source said: "He would be a brilliant candidate to take on London's failing Mayor".
Yesterday Mr Brooks blasted incumbent Sadiq Khan over the Metropolitan Police’s controversial “Gang Violence Matrix” that a recent report found to be "racially discriminatory".
The police database holds information on thousands of people deemed a threat to community safety, but the Met have admitted 1,500 names on the list posed no threat to the public.
PA:Press Association Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing the black community in London
Taking aim at the Labour Mayor, Mr Brooks blasted: “I don’t understand nobody has called for his head to roll following the discovery of the Gang Matrix.
“It is beyond me that Amber Rudd can be forced to resign on issues that were nothing to do with her, and yet here here we have Sadiq Khan who must have had knowledge that this gang matrix document existed.
“And he hasn’t apologised to London, he hasn’t apologised to black Londoners.”
He added: “This is why London needs a voice, why young black men need a voice. And Labour isn’t that voice for young black men. I’ve seen it, I’ve experienced it."
He added: “Labour failed us, and London predominantly.
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