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"Toxic political atmosphere" responsible for rise in North West hate crime

October 15, 2019 7:36 PM

The Liberal Democrats have blamed the "toxic political atmosphere" for a distressing rise in hate crimes in the North West.

Nearly 17,000 hate crimes were recorded in the North West.

Jane BrophyNew figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this morning show hate crimes have risen by 10% since 2017/18.

16,945 hate crimes were reported in the North West making it the highest after London.

8,984 hate crimes were recorded in Greater Manchester alone with a further 2,944 in Merseyside.

Hate crimes across the country have more than doubled since 2012/13, when there were 42,255 hate crimes recorded, compared with 103,379 offences in 2018/19.

In 2015/16, before the EU referendum took place, there were just over 60,000 hate crimes recorded by the police.

While there have been improvements in the recording of hate crimes by police, the Home Office's own report states that events such as the EU referendum have played a role in the spike in hate crimes.

North West Liberal Democrat MEP Jane Brophy said:

"These figures show a distressing regression and it is utterly shameful that in 2019, hate crimes can be on the rise again.

"But is it really that surprising when Boris Johnson's hateful Tory Government doesn't just tolerate, but actively promotes a toxic political atmosphere?

"Brexit is destroying the soul of this country and extreme language from our own Prime Minister is only making it worse.

"Using words like 'surrender' and 'traitor' has an impact much further afield than in the House of Commons - and representatives must realise this.

"Politics in this country desperately needs to change. Lib Dems will always fight for a far kinder, more understanding and tolerant kind of politics."