Hate Crime (10)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4137
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

On 20 August 2017, Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders announced a radical expansion of the Crown Prosecution Service's 'hate crime' definitions, thus further circumscribing the right of the British People to free speech. (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/21/cps-to-crack-down-on-social-media-hate-says-alison-saunders) How many hate crimes in the 'unfriendliness' category have been recorded by the Metropolitan Police since that date. 

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime (10)

Answer for Hate Crime (10)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been no change to the definition of what constitutes a hate crime and no circumscribing of the right to free speech.  What the police record are allegations of criminal behaviour.

What the Director of Public Prosecutions announced in August, and is clear in the article you reference, was that prosecutors will treat criminal behaviour carried out online as seriously as criminal behaviour carried out face to face.  As perpetrators increasingly use the perceived anonymity of the internet to spread hatred and intolerance, it is a development that I welcome.