Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks Debate

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Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Excerpts
Tuesday 11th June 2019

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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My Lords, the noble Lord will know that I do not think they are in any way less serious. However, I acknowledge the concerns over the parity of different strands of hate crime within existing legislation. That is precisely why we asked the Law Commission to conduct a full review of hate crime legislation and where there might be gaps. I know that it will consult widely later this year and make recommendations to government on this next year.

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Portrait Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (GP)
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My Lords, as I have already pointed out to the Minister, one of the gaps in hate crime legislation is the fact that misogyny is still not a hate crime. As she said, this was a hate crime of sexual orientation but also of misogyny. Will the Government just get on their feet and make misogyny a hate crime?

Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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As I explained to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, the Law Commission is looking into where there are gaps and consulting widely on this. When a review is done, it is always good to ensure that you have enough material from consultation and that wider views are taken into account when reviewing any sort of line of legislation. The commission will report back next year.