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Southwark councillors condemn hate crime

14 July 2016
Barrie Hargrove Southwark councillors have put on record their commitment to fighting hate crime and backed calls to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

At a full council meeting this week Southwark’s Labour council passed cross-party motions on protecting the rights of EU citizens and condemning hate crime, which has risen in London and across the country since the EU Referendum result.

Councillors criticised the government for failing to provide assurance to EU citizens living in the UK and called on the Prime Minister to guarantee the right to remain for all EU citizens in the country. Councillors also passed a motion condemning hate crime, following a worrying 52% rise in hate crime and racial abuse in London reported to the Metropolitan Police since the EU referendum.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for communities and safety, said: “Southwark is a proudly diverse and tolerant borough. All people living in Southwark are valued members of our community and we are absolutely clear that that racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our borough.

“Thankfully there has been no reported increase in hates crimes in Southwark since the EU referendum result. However we know that these types of incidents are not always reported and we will be working closely with the police to monitor community tensions over the coming weeks and months.”

“Southwark councillors have put on record our commitment to fighting racism, xenophobia and hate crime in all its forms. It is essential that the government now provides assurance to EU citizens - including 1 in 8 London workers - that it will protect their rights to live and work in the UK.”


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