Lewisham Labour Group today pledges to continue to fight all forms of hate crime and reassure residents of the borough’s unity. This is in the wake of national concerns about hate crime following the EU referendum, and the result’s potential impact on people’s lives.
Mayor Steve Bullock issued this statement: 'There are many issues arising from the decision to exit the EU that will need to be worked through in the months and years ahead, but today I particularly want to address the concerns of the many EU nationals who live and work in Lewisham. I want to begin by echoing something that London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday:
“You make a huge contribution to our city - working hard, paying taxes and contributing to our civic and cultural life. You are welcome here. We value the enormous contribution you make to our city and that will not change as a result of this referendum”
“I have been disturbed by reports I have heard about racist and xenophobic attacks around the country and closer to home since the vote and want to reassure you that these are being treated with the utmost seriousness by Lewisham Council and the police. The overwhelming majority of your fellow residents are as appalled by such attacks, whether verbal or physical, as I and the councillors for Lewisham are.
“In the days ahead we intend to make clear that those responsible do not speak for the majority of us and beyond that we will do everything in our power to give you the support and information that you and your families need to enable you to continue playing such positive roles in our community.”
Steve has also co-signed a statement highlighting the borough’s unity against hate crime alongside 12 other community leaders including Imam Shakeel Begg, from the Lewisham Islamic Centre; Reverend Bridget Shepherd, from The Church of Good Shepherd with St Peter, Lee; and Chief Superintendent Kate Halpin, Lewisham borough commander.
For more information, including how to report a hate crime, contact Lewisham Council’s Crime, Enforcement & Regulation Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 020 8314 7237 during office hours (9am–5pm). Or Download an app to report hate crime