Homophobic hate crime 5

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that new research, commissioned by Stonewall, shows that levels of homophobic hate crime in London has not materially gone down in the last five years, do you regret your decision last year to disband the Hate Crime Forum?


Answer for Homophobic hate crime 5

Answer for Homophobic hate crime 5

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No.  Other networks and forums already exist to explore concerns regarding Hate Crime in all its forms.  Engagement with these groups through the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime has already helped shape my Police and Crime Plan, which very clearly signals my intent and ambitions to reduce the incidence of all hate crime and increase victim confidence and reporting of these crimes.  I have already delivered on my commitment to ensure there is a designated LGBT liaison officer in every borough and development of the hate crime reduction strategy is being taken forward. The development of this strategy will, of course, include consultation with key stakeholder groups, including Stonewall.