Letters of support 2018

Link Letters 2018

Each year we receive letters of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW from across the social and political spectrum.

You can view all the responses on our National Google Map 2018 here.

Here are the letters we have received so far;

Political Leaders

  • Prime Minister Theresa May Conservative Party
  • Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable MP
  • Co-leaders of the Green Party England and Wales Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry

Ministers

  • The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary
  • Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism

Members of Parliament

  • MP Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes
  • MP Stretford and Urmston Kate Green

Members of the House of Lords

  • Baroness Harris of Richmond
  • Lord Frank Judd
  • Baroness Janet Whitaker

Mayor of London

  • Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

London Borough Mayors

  • Mayor Barking and Dagenham Cllr. Sanchia Alasia
  • Deputy Mayor Barnet Cllr. Caroline Stock
  • Mayor of Bromley Cllr. Kim Botting
  • Mayor of Hackney Phillip Gianville
  • Mayor Hounslow  Cllr. Samia Chaudhary
  • Mayor Kingston Upon Thames Cllr Thay Thayalan
  • Mayor Kensignton and Chelsea Cllr Rossi

Police and Crime Commissioners

  • Cambridgeshire PCC Jason Ablewhite
  • Cheshire PCC David Keane
  • Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhindsa – National Hate Crime Lead
  • Essex PFCC Roger Hirst
  • Leicestershire PCC Lord Willy Bach
  • Merseyside PCC Jane Kennedy
  • Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping
  • West Mercia PCC John Campion

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Northern Ireland Assembly Member Paula Bradshaw

National Assembly for Wales

  • National Assembly Member Dafydd Llwelyn
  • National Assembly Member Julie James, Leader of the House and Chief Whip
  • National Assembly Member John Griffiths
  • National Assembly Member Leanne Wood
  • National Assembly Member Lynne Neagle
  • National Assembly Member Mark Isherwood
  • National Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar
  • National Assembly Member Nick Ramsay

Prime Minister Theresa May

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I would like to extend my support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

I strongly believe in the fundamental shared values that unite us – democracy, free speech, mutual respect, and the rule of law. Everyone should be able to go about their lives without fear of persecution or discrimination just because of who they are. Indeed, the UK’s diversity helps to make us the great country we are today.

However, sadly, we do not need to look too far to see intolerance and hatred. The Government will always condemn and take action against any attempts to divide our diverse society. This is why, as Home Secretary, I introduced the specific recording of anti-Muslim hate crime, so that we can better tackle this issue. It is why, as Prime Minister, I was the first world leader to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. And it is why the Government is today providing direct funding for security measures at places of worship vulnerable to hate crime, funding work in schools to tackle prejudice and undertaking a review of hate crime legislation.

Let there be no doubt – the Government stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with communities who are working to tackle hatred. I hope that National Hate Crime Awareness Week will show what we can achieve by working together.

Theresa May Prime Minister

Leader of the Liberal Democrats – Sir Vince Cable MP

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Britain’s strength lies in our diversity. A multitude of nationalities and identities, races and religions, opinions and sexual orientations all enrich our society and enhance our communities. We must celebrate that diversity and uphold the rights of every individual to live free from fear of violence, intimidation or abuse.

Sadly, the recent rise in hate crimes, the proliferation of racist and misogynistic speech on social media, and the bigotry displayed by some senior politicians all demonstrate that this freedom cannot be taken for granted.

That is why National Hate Crime Awareness Week is so important. We must remember and support the victims of hate crime and redouble our efforts to prevent it in the future. Because the effects of hate crime go well beyond physical harm to victims. It can inflict lasting psychological damage, divide communities and beget further violence.

As a liberal party, the Liberal Democrats value free speech and recognise that sometimes opposing views will be uncomfortable and cause offence. But there have to be limits within a free society. It would never be regarded as “free speech” to make a hoax call of “fire” in a crowded cinema. Similarly there is no role for the deliberate instigation of hatred.

The Liberal Democrats are therefore calling for the definition of “aggravated offences” to be extended, so that it covers hate crimes motivated not only by racial or religious hatred, but also by hostility based on gender, sexual orientation and disability. That would send a clear message that no form of hate crime can be tolerated, and ensure that all victims are properly protected.

But preventing hate crime isn’t just a matter for lawmakers and law enforcement. We all have a role to play.

Politicians, commentators and others in public life must never engage in the stereotyping, scapegoating and demagoguing that inflames hatred. Instead, we must use our platforms to expose and confront such prejudice wherever we find it.

And each of us – whether we have a public platform or not – can do our part to build a society of tolerance and decency, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and no one suffers persecution or discrimination.

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon. Sir Vince Cable, MP

Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Co-leaders of the Green Party England and Wales Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry

As co-leaders of the Green Party, we’re proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week once again.

The recognition of hate crimes fifteen years ago has played a huge role in empowering people to take action against hatred and fear. Recent spikes in hate crime, such as in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum, have highlighted once again the importance of recording these crimes, that the experiences of victims are taken seriously, and that action is taken against the perpetrators.

Only by identifying hate and division in society, and calling it out, are we best equipped to eradicate it.

This year, we were particularly proud to play a role in campaigning against misogyny. Our deputy leader Amelia Womack went public with her experience of domestic abuse last summer, and made a subsequent call to make misogyny a hate crime, working with women’s groups and campaigners across the country to inject the idea into public discourse.

We were pleased to see MPs debate the issue recently, and call for a review. We hope this results in a positive outcome for women across the country. When it was adopted in Nottingham, the results were clear: making misogyny a hate crime empowers women, makes them feel safer, and validates their experiences.

We will continue to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week, and the important work that it does for so many people.

Co-leaders of the Green Party England and Wales Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry

Ministers

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

Hatred and discrimination have no place in our society, and National Hate Crime
Awareness Week plays an important role in shining a light on this. During this year’s
Hate Crime Awareness Week, I am pleased to have published the Government’s
renewed commitments to tackling hatred in the refreshed Hate Crime Action Plan.

As part of the refreshed plan, my department will continue to fund specialist agencies
that support victims of hate, work with young people to tackle the roots causes of
discrimination and prejudice, and bolster our race equality work. In doing so, we will
build on the work and expertise of trusted partners such as yourself, who have made
a tremendous contribution to community cohesion over the years.

I wish everyone taking part in this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week great
success.

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary

Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism

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I would like to offer my support to Hate Crime Awareness Week. Our nation feels divided right now. As I’ve travelled the country I’ve heard story after story of intolerance and hatred. Too often this manifests as hate crime.

My commission stands with all those who bravely report or challenge hatred. It takes huge courage, and is rarely the easy option.

Our mission is to help everyone do more to challenge extremism.

Hatred towards others can inspire people into extremism; extremism can normalise hatred in our society.

This week we will see a rainbow coalition of individuals and groups express their support for work to challenge hate crime.

We need to back these brave people and build a movement of all those people who are opposed to hatred and extremism, all those who believe in tolerance, equality and diversity. They are the backbone of our country, and it is this movement that shows that we can overcome divisions.

Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism

Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes MP

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‘I was in Brixton on the day that the nail bomber struck, a violent and devastating act of hatred in the heart of our community.  Almost twenty years on, we are living in a time of great instability globally and nationally, and there is evidence that hate crime is on the increase again.  Hate Crime Awareness Week is therefore a vital and much-needed opportunity to unite in our opposition and condemnation of hate crime, support all those who are working proactively to stop it, and to build greater understanding and cohesion in our communities.’

Helen Hayes MP

Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston Kate Green MP

This National Hate Crime Awareness Week, I stand with those affected by hate crime, and pledge to do all I can to support communities to tackle and prevent hate crime.

Together, we must send a clear message that hate crime in any form is simply unacceptable. I’m fortunate to be MP for a diverse, vibrant and friendly constituency, where different communities live harmoniously together, and I’m proud to speak out against discrimination and division. Hate crime harms all of us, and it’s everyone’s business to tackle it. #westandtogether

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Kate Green MP

Members of the House of Lords

Baroness Harris of Richmond
There can be no place in any democratic society for the prevalence of any type of hate crime. Whether this is about race, religion, sexuality or any other hate crime which affects even the smallest minority, we must all stand up and protect our fellow citizens, especially when they are suffering some quite appalling prejudices.
Baroness Harris of Richmond
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Thank you for your briefing.  Your work is crucially important and I wish it well.
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Baroness Janet Whitaker
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I am writing in support of Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018.

There is a growing awareness of the extent of hate crime and this week will see positive activities around the country from all sectors of society. Increasingly Gypsies Travellers and Roma are becoming emboldened to speak about and report such crimes against their communities with growing support from a range of public bodies and other organisations.

Working together in this way will both increase public knowledge and break down barriers.

Thank you for continued good work with this important cause.

With best regards

Janet Whitaker
The Baroness Whitaker

Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan
Dear Mr Healey,
I would like to pay tribute to your role and the work of the ’17-24-30 No to Hate Crime’ Campaign and your efforts in facilitating and promoting National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The Week has continued to go from strength-to-strength and plays an important role in galvanising statutory and community stakeholders to raise awareness of, and directly challenge, hate crime in our communities.
Hate crime makes victims of whole communities and no one should be targeted simply for who they are. That is why I have made tackling hate crime a priority in my Police and Crime Plan for London and why I am keen that we do all we can to raise awareness of the issue, so that victims know they are not alone and how they can seek support from statutory agencies, and also from within their communities.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week not only helps people understand the pernicious impact hate crime can have on individuals and communities, but also provides us all with the opportunity to demonstrate that we will not tolerate hate crime against anyone in London or across the UK. It allows up to show how communities are working in partnership to challenge those who would seek to divide us, and to support those who are targeted simply because of who they are.
I offer my best wishes to all those organisations and individuals taking part and holding events during National Hate Crime Awareness Week. In London and beyond, and look forward to continuing to work with the police, local authorities, schools and community and voluntary groups to ensure that everyone, whatever their background or identity, feels safe in our great city.
Yours sincerely
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
London Borough Mayors

Mayor of the London Borough Barking and Dagenham

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I wish to express my support for the national hate crime awareness week. As someone who has experienced hate crime in the past, I know how deeply distressing this can be. I would encourage who have experienced hate crime, to report it so that the police, local council and partner agencies are able to respond appropriately.

Kind regards

Councillor Sanchia Alasia


 

Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet

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I am happy to extend my support to the National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Barnet is one of the largest and most diverse of the London Boroughs and that makes it a very interesting and vibrant place to live. As Deputy Mayor of Barnet I am privileged to meet people every week from many backgrounds. What makes Barnet special is that we share common values and over many generations have been a Borough to welcome people fleeing persecution. This has strengthened Barnet and one of the messages we all support is to never give in to Hate of any sort.

As such a diverse Borough, events such as the National Hate Crime Awareness Week really help to endorse the message to residents that “Hate” will not be tolerated. I will be proud to attend later in the month and represent Barnet at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Cllr. Caroline Stock

Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley Cllr. Kim Botting

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I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

I have seen for myself in my previous career with the Police that hate crime can cause harm to individuals and to communities alike. Bromley is a relatively low crime borough and we support the work of our local police through the Safer Bromley Partnership to tackle hate crime when and where it occurs.

I believe hate crime should be challenged before it leads to situations of greater hate and even extremism which could result in an atmosphere of violence and unrest.

Mayor of Bromley Cllr. Kim Botting

Mayor of Hackney Phillip Gianville

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We welcome this opportunity to reiterate our support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week and our commitment to working with our partners and community to ensure that Hackney is no place for hate.

In the past year we have adopted the Hackney Strategy for Tackling Hate Crime following a borough wide community consultation, providing opportunity for Hackney residents and workers to co-shape the focus and priorities of the strategy. During this process, the community highlighted an enthusiasm for further partnership working between community groups and the council in tackling hate crime and for training front line workers to understand and support the reporting of hate crime.

As a result we have broadened our network of community partners, and during National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 we will be providing training for 50 front line staff from both the Council and local delivery partners in Hate Crime Awareness, to equip workers with an understanding of the experience of hate crime for victims, the divisive effects hate crime can have on wider communities and how best to report and counter hate crime together.

We have increased our partnership working on Hate Crime with local police colleagues in the past year, making joint visits with Council Officers and Police Officers to community groups vulnerable to Hate Crime. Visiting faith groups, community centres and women’s groups, we have promoted together an understanding of hate crime and the broad range of reporting and support options available to victims, from the Police, Victim Support and our third party reporting partners – The Catch Alliance and Stop Hate UK.

We also continue to celebrate what we value in Hackney – our strong community spirit, welcoming attitude and wonderful diversity. Over the last year we have come together at community events, street parties and Hackney Carnival and celebrated our wonderful Windrush generation, our inspirational LGBTQI+ community through our Pride 365 festival and black African and Caribbean culture and achievements with our packed Black History season of events and activities.

Yours faithfully

Phillip Gianville Mayor of Hackney

Cllr. Caroline Selman Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Cllr. Sade Etti No Place for Hate Champion

Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow

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On behalf of the council and residents of Hounslow, I am very happy to support this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hounslow is a borough with an incredibly diverse community, and we come together as one to celebrate our differences. We are committed to creating and maintaining a tolerant and cohesive community, without fear of prejudice.

Our commitment to tackling hate crime has been demonstrated through the appointment of a dedicated Hate Crime Advocate providing emotional and practical support to residents that have experienced any form of hate.

We have also worked closely with our police partners and the borough’s voluntary and community sector on a range of events for this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week, under the slogan ‘There is No Place for Hate in Hounslow’, and for the first time, we were proud to have a presence at the Pride in London parade as part of the Rainbow Boroughs.

No one should be threatened or attacked for simply being who they are, and we will continue to stand together against any acts of hatred, not just in Hounslow, but everywhere.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Samia Chaudhary

Mayor of the Royal London Borough Kingston Upon Thames

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week – Act of Hope and Remembrance

Thank you for asking me to write a few words as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston to support the National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hate Crime has become one of the most troublesome issues which has afflicted communities over generations. In the Royal Borough of Kingston we have worked in partnership to ensure we deal with hate crime with all the means we have. Personally I have been involved with Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC), who offer support to hate crime victims, for more than 30 years in various capacities including being Chair.

During Hate Crime Awareness Week we plan for a number of events taking place in support of the week. KREC and other organisations are planning to launch a Hate Crime Action Group. KREC are distributing leaflets in the Market Place to raise awareness and there will be a workshop to educate young people on how to challenge and resist hate.

This is a very important issue that I am pleased to write a letter of support for and work towards the promotion of harmony within our diverse communities.

Cllr Thay Thayalan The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Mayor Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea

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Police and Crime Commissioners

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite

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As National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW 2018 is almost upon us, it is important that everyone comes together to say no to hate crime. I understand from speaking to the victims the impact hate crime can have, on them, their families and the wider community.

We are blessed in Cambridgeshire with communities rich in diversity, That is why I will be hosting a special event during the week to celebrate the contribution each and every one of us brings to community life, whatever our backgrounds.

I will be playing my part in joining others across Cambridgeshire during National Hate Crime Awareness Week to #spreadlovenothate and encourage everyone to support.

Everyone has the right to live their lives without prejudice.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week

On behalf of Cheshire Constabulary and the residents of Cheshire, I am proud pledge my support to the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime campaign and National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hate crime is a heinous crime that will not be tolerated by police in Cheshire. I have worked with Cheshire Constabulary to put in place strict protocols to ensure that every incident is investigated and dealt with appropriately.

Unfortunately, hate crime remains significantly under reported; I am working hard to strengthen the bond between police and third party reporting centres, which ensure more incidents of hate crime are reported and responded to. 

I understand the negative impact hate crimes can have on victims and I am proud to offer all victims of crime free support from Cheshire CARES – the service I commission to deliver emotional and practical support to help victims cope and recover from their ordeal.

Yours sincerely

David Keane

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

I am writing to you to add my continued support to this important campaign. As you know, hate crime is an important issue to me, which is why I wanted to see it featured in my Police and Crime Plan and why I am proud to be the national lead for PCCs on hate crime.

Locally in Derbyshire, I have supported the provision of a hate crime reporting mechanism as well as a pilot project in association with specialists at the University of Leicester to understand the best model for hate crime reporting and supporting services for those at the receiving end of this insidious crime.

Both my office and Derbyshire Constabulary have plans for a series of events to take place to between 13th – 20th October, and I will be sure to link any social media activity to your campaign and would ask that you consider linking to us using the hashtag #no2hate.

In my capacity as national PCC lead on hate crime I am encouraging all of my PCC colleagues, from across the political spectrum, to join me in a number of awareness raising activities online, culminating in a joint message from our national meeting of PCCs that is taking place on the Thursday of Hate Crime Awareness Week.
If there is anything else I can do to assist, either in my capacity as PCC for Derbyshire, or the national PCC lead for Hate Crime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa

Essex Police Fire Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst

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“Any crime committed against someone because of their colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is totally abhorrent and wholly unacceptable in modern society. In Essex we’re continuing to foster ever greater partnership working to tackle this crime and Essex Police has my full support in thoroughly investigating and pursuing the perpetrators to bring them to justice. I fully endorse the work of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in remembering those who were lost or whose lives were changed for ever in the attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho and I commend its message of HOPE and all that it aims to achieve. We must stand together to stamp out hate crime in every form and ensure victims have all the support they need.”

Essex Police Fire Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach 

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I am proud to offer my full support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018.

Over the eight years your campaign has been running, awareness of Hate Crime has grown inexorably which has no doubt fuelled the sweeping improvements in support and recovery services for victims of this hugely unpleasant crime.

When victims feel listened to and supported, and trust the organisations responsible for justice, they have more confidence to come forward and this is something we all want to achieve.

One hate crime is one too many and there are still people living within the UK who seek to separate their communities through prejudice, hatred and intolerance. Thankfully these individuals are the minority and this campaign reiterates the abhorrence with which society views their behaviour.

We are doing a lot in Leicestershire to challenge negative and derisive attitudes, starting right at the bottom in our schools. But there are still those who undermine these efforts, and for these we will reserve tough punishment.

There is no excuse for violence and I will join my fellow PCCs this week in making clear Leicestershire – alongside the rest of the country – has no time for hatred.

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner – Jane Kennedy

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RE: National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Many thanks for your email, dated 25th September. I am please to be able to echo my commitment of previous years and confirm my intention to support and promote the eighth National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

As in previous years, I welcome this annual event as an important opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime and the potentially devastating impact it can have on people’s lives, on our communities and on society as a whole. National Hate Crime Awareness week is invaluable in helping us to reach out to even more people who may be affected by hate crime and let them know that they are not alone, that there is help and support available and they they do not need to suffer in silence.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to stand together to demonstrate that hate crime will not be tolerated across Merseyside. Nobody should be subject to abuse, fear or hatred simply because of who they are and this week we will be working hard to make sure all those who have been affected know there is help and support available.

We know hate crime remains significantly under-reported and this was something I pledged to tackle when I was campaigning to be elected as Merseyside’s Police Commissioner. Since May 2014, I have commissioned independent national charity Stop Hate UK to provide a 24 hour helpline service for all victims of hate crime on Merseyside. This service gives people a safe and independent place to talk about their experience and to explore their options to take matters further. It is not intended to replace reporting directly to Merseyside Police when a hate crime is committed. Stop Hate UK have trained volunteers and staff are on hand to offer support in a wide range of formats and currently help people speaking 45 different languages. They can be  contacted by calling 0800 138 1625 or by accessing their web site on http://www.stophateuk.org.

We have increased the number of places at which a hate crime can be reported. I am pleased to say there are now more than 90 Third Party Reporting Centre’s across Merseyside where you can call in to report a Hate Crime. There are safe environments where a victim will be helped to report an incident of hate or abuse. A Third Party Reporting Centre can be identified by a ‘hand logo’ and anywhere people see this sign, they should know they can go inside, talk to staff in confidence and get help. Many hospitals and doctors surgeries in the region now play a video which raises awareness of hate crime, organisations around the region have signed up to become reporting centres and some fire engines are now promoting the Stop Hate UK number.

We also know that hate crime can have a devastating effect on victims. So, to complement this service, I have also increased the support which is available to those affected by commissioning three dedicated hate crime advocacy services. These services are broken down by strand, focusing on hate crime motivated by race and religion, disability and LGBTI-related hate crime. Provided by three fantastic local providers – the Anthony Walker Foundation, Daisy Inclusive UK and Citizen’s Advice Liverpool respectively – they offer a focused and coordinated response for all victims of hate crimes o get the on-going care and support they need.

I also commission the Ariel Trust to deliver “It’s Not OK”” in schools across Merseyside. “It’s Not OK!” consists of a number of creative education resources designed to engage young people in social education programmes. These interactive software packages have been demonstrated to be effective in changing young people’s attitudes in relation to a number of key issues, including racism

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner – Paddy Tipping

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I offer once again my gratitude and support for the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign and congratulate Stop Hate UK for its unstinting efforts to raise awareness of hate crime in this country.

It is a matter of deep disappointment that we continue to live in a society in which some people – a relatively small number – give life to bigoted, racist and intolerant ideas and opinions. These beliefs not only damage individuals but they also damage society as a whole, preventing us all from living peacefully and productively.

Every year in Nottinghamshire we plough vital funds into supporting victims of hate crime and encouraging them to seek help and justice for their experiences. The number of victims self-referring to our services is increasing every year which is positive and shows the awareness work of your own campaign, and the joint efforts of our police and partners, is having an impact.

However, every incident of hate crime is regrettable, revealing an ugly and dark side to human nature. We will not stop our work until everyone in Nottinghamshire and the rest of the UK sees difference as a cause for celebration.

Communities and the people in them deserve to live without fear. We stand united and will do what we can to achieve our goals.

Yours sincerely

Paddy Tipping

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion

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It’s important to keep the focus on hate crime, and I will ensure that support for victims remains a priority for West Mercia Police. The increase in reporting shows that public confidence in the police is increasing, and I am reassured they are working diligently to prevent and to tackle unacceptable behaviour, and injustices in society. We all have a part to play in challenging negative beliefs and attitudes, and I believe that by working together we can create happier, safer and more united communities in West Mercia.

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Assembly Member Paula Bradshaw

It is important on behalf of victims of any kind of hate crime across the UK to work together across party lines, both to support those who have suffered and their families and to take a stand against hate to ensure we do not put the next generation through the same fear and horror. Across the UK, we need instead to celebrate our diversity and unite communities to pursue common interests.

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PAULA BRADSHAW MLA

Northern Ireland Assembly Member (Alliance Party) for Belfast South

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Welsh Assembly Member Dafydd Llwelyn

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“I am pleased to be supporting a range of activity across the Dyfed-Powys Police Force area on such important issues during Hate Crime Awareness Week. To reinforce my commitment to working with young people, I have chosen to support partners within the creative industries to work with young people throughout the week to get their voice heard, to challenge perceptions and misconception and put an end to hate. National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity to show victims of this awful crime how serious we treat their experiences and encourages more people to come forward and get help if they haven’t already done so”

Welsh Assembly Member Dafydd Llwelyn

Welsh Assembly Member Julie James, Leader of the House and Chief Whip

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The Welsh Government is pleased to be working across Wales with partners in the Police, Local Authorities and third sector to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. Our theme for this year is “keeping victims at the centre”. Our focus in Wales lasts all year round: supporting victims, holding perpetrators to account, and working in all our communities to break down feelings of distrust and prejudice, champion equality and celebrate diversity. #NoToHate  #BeHeard #WeStandTogether

Julie James Welsh Assembly Member, Leader of the House and Chief Whip

Wales National Assembly Member John Griffiths

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As Chair of the National Assembly for Wales’ Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. Hate crimes have clearly been identified as an aspect of modern crime, and this can have a particular impact on people with protected characteristics and broader equality issues, which are a core part of our Committee’s work. National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a good way of remembering and supporting the victims of hate crime, while also raising awareness of how we can stop hate crime in our communities.

Wales National Assembly Member John Griffiths

Statement Leanne Woods Welsh Assembly Member

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I am a strong supporter of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which is needed now more than ever in these dangerous political times.
‘Hate Crime Awareness Week is time to remember those who have suffered as a result of intolerance, including Ian Baynham who was killed after standing up to homophobic abuse.
‘I congratulate and thank all of those who have continued to give their time and energy to combat hate and support victims of these unjust crimes.
‘Every person, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, mental ability or religion should be free to live their life without fear of abuse or prejudice.
‘We must continue to embrace diversity and eliminate any hatred so that we can build safer communities and end intolerance.
‘Plaid Cymru is committed to continuing to work with groups, charities and equalities organisations that help to bring justice for victims. An attack on one is an attack on all, so let us all stand together and challenge hate.
Leanne Woods Welsh Assembly Member

Statement Mark Isherwood Welsh Assembly Member

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This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week which focuses on  tackling Hate Crime issues by raising awareness of what Hate Crime is and how to respond to it, encourage  reporting, and promote local support services and resources.

We need raise awareness of what hate crime is and why it’s important to report it by encouraging police and councils, anti-hate crime groups and specialist organisations and communities affected by hate crime to come together and tackle local hate crime issues.

Mark Isherwood Welsh Assembly Member

Statement – Mike Hedges Welsh Assembly Member (Swansea East)
Hate crime is corrosive. There are lots of reasons to quarrel with someone but doing it on the basis of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or gender is fundamentally wrong. First we are all human beings and deserve mutual respect. Hate crime is something that needs to be stamped out and national hate crime awareness week has my full support.
Mike Hedges Welsh Assembly Member (Swansea East)

Wales National Assembly Member Lynne Neagle (Gwent)

 

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I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hate Crime is an increasing problem in our country and, sadly, Wales is no exception.

The number of hate crimes in my own constituency of Torfaen have risen by 86% in the last year, according to a report in the South Wales Argus in March 2018.

The article reported that :

·         Gwent Police recorded 277 racial hate crimes – a 93% increase on the 143 recorded in 2015/16.

·         Homophobic hate crimes rose by 24% from 49 to 61, while hate crimes relating to disability rose by 200% from 15 to 45.

·         Transphobic hate crimes went from four to 10 – a 150% spike – while religious hate crimes rose by 250% from two to seven.

·         In total the number of hate crimes recorded in 2016/17 was 400, up from 213 in 2015/16.

The report noted that the spikes in crimes could be a by-product of an increase in recognition and recording of hate crimes through officer training.

There was also observed spikes in recorded hate crimes during Hate Crime Awareness Week, and an increase in the wake of the EU Referendum result which was seen across the UK.

Whatever the reason for the spikes, the increase in hate crimes is very concerning.

That is why I am pleased to put my name to National Hate Crime Awareness Week. We must all do what we can to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.

Wales National Assembly Member Lynne Neagle

Wales National Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar

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I am delighted to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hate Crime is an increasing problem in our country and, sadly, Wales is no exception.

Police Forces in Wales recorded almost three thousand hate crimes for the year 2016/2017, an increase of 22% on the previous year.

Although the vast majority of these crimes were based on race or religion, there were disturbing increases in offences against gay and disabled people.

Hate Crime is caused by discrimination and prejudice and we must do all we can to raise awareness of this and encourage victims to report incidents so that the police can take appropriate action to bring offenders to justice.

That is why events such as National Hate Crime Awareness Week are so important and I hope as many local authorities, organisations and communities will come together and give it their full support.

Mohammad Asghar AM

Welsh Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Further Education, Skills & Faith,  National Assembly for Wales

Wales National Assembly Member Nick Ramsay

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National Hate Crime Awareness week is an appropriate time to stop and reflect on the progress we have made as a country in reducing incidences of hate crime.  I believe there is greater awareness amongst the general public now as to what constitutes a hate crime and hate crimes are now more likely to be reported and followed up by the appropriate authorities.

However, while progress has been made, a number of barriers still exist.  Laws and strategies to tackle hate crime are still not sufficiently robust and more needs to be to raise awareness.  Greater efforts need to be made to ensure policies and approaches to tackling hate crime are joined up and all relevant authorities including councils and governments at all levels are fully engaged.

Everyone, no matter their background, should be able to live in freedom, without experiencing prejudice or bigotry.  Events such as National Hate Crime Awareness Week will only help focus the minds of lawmakers and others as to what still needs to be done to eradicate hate crime from Welsh society.

Wales National Assembly Member Nick Ramsay

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