Tuesday 15 October 2019 / 10:43 AM Crime / Diane Abbott

10% increase in hate crime in England and Wales – Abbott responds

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to increase in hate crime, said:

“It’s a shocking indictment of this government that all types of recorded hate crime have at least doubled under the Tories. The rise in some categories of hate crime is even worse.

“It was the Tories who cut the police, and let down whole communities. But it has also been the incendiary words of politicians who have created a toxic atmosphere, including the Prime Minister whose comments comparing Muslim women to ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letterboxes’ took place while Islamophobic hate crime is rising. Ministers should accept that they bear a major responsibility for these terrible trends.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • Home Office figures show a 10 per cent rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.
  • Figures show there were 103,379 offences in 2018-19
  • Race hate crimes accounted for 3 out of 4 of offences, 78,991, a rise of 11 per cent on the year before.
  • Transgender hate crime went up 37 per cent, sexual orientation hate crime up 25 per cent, disability hate crime up 14 per cent and religious hate crime up 3 per cent.
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hate-crime-statistics#history