Parliament condemns racial abuse and violence

There have been unwelcome reports of more racial abuse and violence in various places around the UK. I joined others in Parliament this week to hear the Minister condemn it roundly, and promise further measures to deter and punish those who are involved.

The issue united the House, with all of us wishing to reassure every UK resident that they have the full protection of the law.

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4 Comments

  1. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Did you see photo of placard saying ‘old white people please die’? Anyone in Parliament worried about that?

  2. David Webb
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    There’s a typo in John’s post – it should say “the Prime Minister”.

    Please correct

  3. Karl Hohenstauffen
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    John, I totally agree with your rejection of racism and unwarranted violence but I also believe that, when accusing somebody of improper behaviour or of being involved in evil acts, irrefutable evidence must be made available before an accusation is ever made. I reckon that somehow the House of Commons has not always been up to standards, moments when wild accusations have been made without a shadow of evidence or even going against existing evidence. I believe that certain Members of Parliament have not made accurate statements and that in so doing they have done more damage than good. I mentioned one particular issue in correspondence I sent to the Office of Parliamentary Standards. I was told that Members of Parliament are protected by Parliamentary Privilege even in the event of making statements blaming individuals and organisations when there is no real evidence to support such statements.

  4. Stella Govette
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I would like to hear / see the same robust response for the shocking abuse directed at Leave campaigners and voters by remainers throwing toys out of the pram and behaving pretty much as they did in the campaign. They appeared to think abuse and bullying would get voters to be cowed and follow their instructions.

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