In the wake of national concerns about hate crime following the EU referendum outcome Lambeth council has moved to emphasise the borough’s unity.
Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Healthier & Stronger Communities, said: “We do not tolerate hate crime of any kind in Lambeth, and have moved quickly to publically reassure all residents, wherever they are from, that they are always welcome here.
“Lambeth council works with the police and advice organisations in supporting our communities to engage with each other, to build understanding and to reinforce the borough’s unity.”
Detective Chief Supt Richard Wood, Lambeth Borough Commander, said: “I’m glad to report that there have been no significant tensions among our communities as a result of the vote as yet, but we will keep a ready eye on proceedings as they progress.”
Amnesty International have launched a campaign at a local level encouraging councillors to promote unity against racism, xenophobia and hate crimes.
Cllr Seedat said: “Fortunately we have not seen a post referendum rise in racial abuse, but there’s no room for complacency and we welcome Amnesty International’s campaign to reinforce the importance of standing against hate.”
In Lambeth 79.5 per cent of people voted to remain in the EU, the highest margin in the UK, apart from Gibraltar.
You can find out more about the Amnesty International campaign at: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/tell-your-local-council-stand-against-hate-crimes-racism-xenophobia