I’m proud to add my support to ‘No to Hate Crime Awareness Week’ and the work of all the organisations who have come together to build better and safer communities.
No-one in our society should be threatened, targeted, attacked or abused for being who they are.
It is the duty of community leaders, elected officials like me, and those in a position of public power and influence to lead the way.
Britain celebrates diversity and individuality, and I believe we should all work together to build a society where everyone can live freely and safely, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexuality, nationality, age or disability.
For too long hate crimes were left to go unchallenged, with prejudice lurking on our streets, in our schools and in the work place. Weeks like this help us all remember the past, and also recognise how far we have come. Thankfully, it is through the vital work of organisations like yours that we are starting to turn the dial on public awareness. But more must be done. As the latest figures prove, hate crimes remain on the rise. We may feel that society is more likely to challenge prejudice, but it’s as prevalent as ever and now is not a time to be complacent.
There are thousands of people across the country, and many young people, who still face abuse and threats. It is our duty to pave a way to a better future. We will not tolerate hate crime, we will speak out against intolerance and ignorance, and we will prosecute abuse.
The Liberal Democrat constitution begins with a commitment to building and safeguarding a fair, free and open society. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of every individual, and we reject all prejudice and discrimination.
I wish all of those involved in #NHCAW great success with the week, and with your future campaigns. You all make a great difference to people’s lives, day in, day out, and for future generations. You have my party’s full support.
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats