Brighton ‘un-divers’ says Labor MP, criticizing Tories over hate crimes

Lloyd Russell-Moyle said he believes the city is “far too often” described as diverse and that the area is not immune to problems like hate crime.

The Kemp Town MP added that he thought the recent spike in hate crime statistics could be linked to elements of the Conservative Party.

Mr Russell-Moyle said: “Far too often people in Brighton say we are an amazingly diverse city. We intend to be diverse, and in some areas we are, but in others we are surprisingly undiverse.

“We know the cultural and economic intersection creates the structural racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism that we have in our country and Brighton cannot be complacent.

“This is a tragedy being fabricated by the far right inside the Conservative Party and the far right outside the Conservative Party who are trying to fabricate a series of culture wars to divide and dominate because they aren’t content with everyone else have lost areas of this country and the only thing they can gain is fear.”

The Conservative Party has been asked to comment.

Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle called BrightonRussell-Moyle also linked the Conservative Party to hate crime statistics

Mr Russell-Moyle said Brighton was below the national average in terms of racial diversity, adding that a tougher stance needed to be taken on hate crime and the causes of hate crime.

The MP also criticized the “misinformation and lies about transgender people being spread by some gender critical individuals”.

He added that it is part of his duty as a “white, relatively affluent British cis man” to reflect on how he is acting to be “better allies” and “turn back this tide of hate that Liz Truss and other Conservatives are determined to do to carry on”.

Mr Russell-Moyle spoke after a hate crime vigil on Thursday.

It comes as Home Office data shows reported incidents of hate crimes in Sussex have quadrupled since 2012.

Last week, Sussex Police Chief Hate Crime Superintendent Nick Dias said: “We know there has been an increasing number of reports of hate crime in recent years and people will be concerned about this.

“We encourage people to come forward so we can respond effectively, identifying those responsible and supporting those affected.

“We are committed to ensuring that hate crime in any form is not tolerated in Sussex and we are working with our partners to achieve this.” Brighton ‘un-divers’ says Labor MP, criticizing Tories over hate crimes

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