Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, who recently wrote to his colleague the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, in order to highlight the problem of anti-Semitism in Hove has received a response.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mike said: “It is deeply saddening that a synagogue in Hove was targeted by anti-Semitic vandals earlier in August. I had assumed – wrongly – that Jewish community in my constituency was safe and free to worship and live their lives without fear of attack. Over the past few weeks, I have heard from a number of concerned constituents who feel that the anti-Semitism that is taking place cannot be ignored any longer. I stand by these residents and look to the Government for assurances on what is being done to address this serious situation.”
Commenting, Mike said: “I am pleased that the Prime Minister has recognised the harassment against Jewish people in Hove and agrees with me that it is completely unacceptable. The anti-Semitic abuse that residents have been subjected is absolutely disgusting and I join with the Prime Minister in urging anyone who is a victim of a hate crime to report the incident to the police.”
Cllr Graham Cox, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade, added: “The response from the Prime Minister is reassuring. Anti-Semitism is a terrible crime and it is important that the Jewish community in Hove not only feels safe but are safe from any form of harassment.”