This week is the UK “National Hate Crime Awareness Week”. In recent years we have seen a rise in hate crimes but also a strong response from the police and councils in tackling the hate and prejudice that can blight our communities.
Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against somebody because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
We need to bring communities together, building stronger, more vibrant communities for us all to live in. We are seeing a rise in far right racist movements like the National Front and Britain First and we must stand together as one community to reject hate crime and to embrace our diversity.
I am pleased that now all 26 libraries in Kirklees are reporting centres for hate crimes as well as Kirklees College. I have no tolerance for hate crime and will work with Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police and Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to make sure that we can build a safer and stronger Kirklees.
By Jane East
Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley.