Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council are giving their support to the Brighton & Hove Vigil Against Hate Crime which is taking place this Saturday (20th October) on the International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime. The candlelit vigil takes place between 7-9pm atBrighton’s Old Steine.
Conservative Group Leader – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – said: “I am delighted to offer my wholehearted support to the Brighton & Hove Vigil against Hate Crime on Saturday. Whilst progress has undoubtedly been made in recent years there still remains much more to be done to tackle the root causes of hate crime in this country. Education and instilling values of respect and tolerance, rather than fear and prejudice, are two key areas to building a society that values the contributions of all people. Events such as the Vigil are vital, not only in raising awareness of hate crime, but also of highlighting the often tragic individual stories behind the bald statistics. We should never forget that these people are victims of crime, simply because of who they are, and that cannot be acceptable in today’s society.”
Cllr. Denise Cobb – Conservative Group Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Communities – added: “I am honoured to be attending the Vigil on Saturday to pay my respects to all the victims and survivors of hate crime. Brighton & Hove is quite rightly thought of as one of the most diverse and tolerant cities in the UK but this doesn’t mean we should be complacent. I personally, have learnt a great deal from my work on the Council’s Scrutiny Panel that was set up to investigate issues affecting the Trans community in the city and this is just one group of people for whom hate crime, and the fear of hate crime, is a very real issue.”