Conservative and Labour leaders at Lichfield District Council come together to take a stand against hate crime

Labour and Conservative leaders at Lichfield District Council will set aside their political differences to make a joint stand against hate crime.

Cllr Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox

The local authority’s leader Cllr Mike Wilcox and opposition group leader Cllr Sue Woodward are behind the motion to be heard at tomorrow’s meeting of the council.

The move comes after the recent death of MP Jo Cox.

The joint motion says: “Recent media reports of an increase in racist and xenophobic incidents and hate crimes have shocked and saddened us all. We are proud of the UK’s reputation as a diverse and tolerant society and value the economic, social and cultural contribution made by people from diverse backgrounds to the life of our district.

“Every member of our community has the right to go about their daily business in safety and without fear. This includes those of us in public office who should not be subject to abuse and threats from those we seek to serve.

“We are reminded of the tragic death of Jo Cox MP and the tributes made to her by her constituents who spoke warmly of her passion and determination to represent their interests.

“We are fortunate to live in a democratic society and are determined that the principles of democracy will not be undermined by the actions and words of a small but loud minority.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

The leaders also say that everyone has a role to play in tackling the issues.

“Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place here,” they said. “Lichfield District Council condemns them unequivocally.

“We will work to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.

“We will continue to invest in our local Communities Against Crimes of Hate partnership, which provides advice and support to victims of all types of hate crime. This includes not only those being intimidated for reasons of race or religion, but also because of their gender, disability, class or simply because of who they are.

“We reassure all people living in Lichfield district that they are valued members of our community and acknowledge our individual and collective duty to stand up and stamp out racism and xenophobia.”

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15 Comments

  1. Mat

    11th July, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Good. In my profession this is something we work hard to achieve, only to watch it undone by carelessness in other areas. It’s pleasing to see our representatives making these efforts to work for all of us. Well done, now perhaps it will begin to rub off in Westminster.

  2. Rob

    12th July, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  3. Mat

    12th July, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    And playing party politics is the main problem Rob!

  4. Rob

    12th July, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Do you consider missiles through windows, abuse and death threats as playing?
    I’d rate it a bit more serious than that.

  5. JennyScience

    13th July, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I tend to think Mat is 1-0 ahead thanks to his first comment.
    Rob’s firing wide at the moment.

  6. Thornton

    13th July, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Is Lichfield seeing any of this Brexit influenced surge in hate crime?

  7. Rob

    13th July, 2016 at 10:29 am

    It seems we now have an official scorer, with a nice new N-D-P to boot.

  8. JennyScience

    13th July, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Rob: Oh, you’re that Rob. I didn’t realise.
    (I’m Jenny. I’m into science)

  9. Rob

    13th July, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I’m very pleased for you Jenny and look forward to your scoring of all the other threads too.

  10. Asellus aquaticus

    15th July, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Would that be the pattern of twisting threads about any given topic to batter everybody with your political viewpoint, Rob?

    Yes, I’m noticing that.

  11. Rob

    17th July, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    In a thread dedicated to political parties taking a stance against hatred there’s been no need to twist anything – all on topic.
    Your own reaction to anything I write on any topic is probably the most noticeable occurrence.

  12. Asellus aquaticus

    18th July, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Arguments within a political party about leadership, even if those arguments are bitter and amount to violence, are not the same thing as hate crime.

    If you think they are the same thing, then you either don’t understand the term “hate crime”, or you are deliberately twisting it to make a political point.

  13. Sj

    31st July, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Is there any hate crime going on in Lichfield , could we have figures or is it more political parties jumping on the national bandwagon after Brexit

  14. Sj

    31st July, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Seeing as it seems to be a national thing will you be mentioning this in your figures or will it just be hate crimes committed by the British
    HUNDREDS of Syrians in Britain were arrested last year for a string of offences including rape, death threats and child abuse.

    Police forces have revealed the figures which show 897 were held in England and Wales.

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