Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Patron of Autism Sussex, has signed a Parliamentary Motion which calls on the Government to review legislation surrounding disability hate crime in order to address the disturbing levels of abuse against people with Autism.
Mike has signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 172 (Hate Crime Against Those With Autism), which draws attention to the findings of a National Autistic Society survey that highlights how much of a problem hate crimes are for people with Autism. The EDM has received cross-party support in Parliament.
Commenting Mike said, “It is encouraging that this campaign has received significant backing, both in Parliament and in the media. This must, therefore, be followed up with practical reforms in the way that these hate crimes are recorded and how they are treated under the law. There is no doubt about it that people who engage in these campaigns of hate – putting their victims through an absolute nightmare – are pernicious bullies that must be stopped.”