Hate Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3765
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In view of the increase in hate crime and especially anti Semitism, will you mount a publicity campaign to explain what is and is not hate crime so that Londoners know what is and is not  an offence ?

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime

Answer for Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been an increase in hate crime in London over the last three years and specifically an increase in anti-Semitism during the summer months this year.  I share your concern about the rise in hate crime, including anti-Semitism, and recognise the importance of ensuring the public have the confidence to come forward and report incidents.

I will soon be launching my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London.  One of the key objectives must be to raise awareness of what hate crime is and boost people's confidence to report it.  This was supported by the consultation responses and an awareness campaign will feature in the final strategy.