Tuesday 12 October 2021 / 5:17 PM Crime / Equalities / Home Affairs / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to hate crime statistics

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the latest police-recorded hate crime statistics showing a 9% increase year-on-year, said:

“The huge spike in recorded hate crimes in these statistics must be a wake-up call for urgent change.

“It’s unacceptable that so many people are facing abuse and attacks just for being themselves. The shamefully small number of offenders being brought to justice shows how damaging Tory police cuts have been, allowing vile criminals to escape justice yet again.

“The backlash against people standing up to racial injustice shows how far we have to go as a country to defeat hatred. Labour has a plan for a new Race Equality Act to bring about the change needed, whilst Conservative Ministers are failing to act.”