25 Jul Hate Crimes
Crime Statistics published recently, show that hate crimes in the United Kingdom are up by a staggering 40%, with 1202 crimes being committed every week.
The data shows 1200 hate crimes a week happening in the UK. This is a very worrying trend that we should all be worried about.
I am convinced that the rise of populism and nationalism is creating a climate that encourages attacks on the vulnerable. These attacks are not just motivated by racism and religion, they include homophobic attacks and attacks on the disabled.
Politicians all have a responsibility to make it clear that xenophobic and racist behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
The government must address the root causes of this growing intolerance as well as ensuring the police response is sufficient and effective.