Council unites against hate crime
Gloucestershire County Council has added its voice to councils around the UK rejecting hate crime following the EU referendum.
At full council today (Wednesday 14th), a motion proposed by Cllr Klara Sudbury (Lib Dem, Charlton Park and College) asked that the county council:
"...re-affirms its commitment to an inclusive, tolerant and diverse county..." and that it will "...continue to work to tackle hate crime and discrimination in all its forms."
The motion also: "...calls on the Government to act quickly to clarify the right to remain for EU citizens living in Gloucestershire."
The motion was carried with a majority.
Cllr Klara Sudbury (Lib Dem, Charlton Park and College), said: "We all have a duty to speak out against and eradicate racism and xenophobia.
"A Home Office Report published at the end of 2013 found that hate crime is significantly under reported. More needs to be done to raise awareness of all types of hate crime, in particular spelling out clearly that people should always report incidents of hate crime.
"I'm pleased that colleagues support me in helping to raise awareness of racist hate crime. It is important that we all live in an inclusive, caring and diverse county."
Cllr Mark Hawthorne (Con, Quedgeley), leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Gloucestershire is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive county and there is no place for intolerance of any kind here.
"I want people to feel that they can live in the county with no fears or concern for their safety because of where they are from and that is why we are happy to support this motion."
Cllr Lesley Williams (Lab, Stonehouse), leader of the Labour group, said: "We have to be clear on this, we will not tolerate abuse. But we also have to take action.
"I hope that from this the Council will continue to fight intolerance and hate crime at every level."
Cllr David Prince (PAB, Pitville & Prestbury), leader of the independence party, said: "There is no place for intolerance in this county.
"I'm pleased that this council has taken a collective stand against hate crimes."
Details of the full motion can be found here: http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=19099&PlanId=0&Opt=3#AI14339