As Women’s Officer for Bexhill and Battle CLP, I have written to all our women members to ask them to write to Huw Merriman MP to request he supports the Newlove Amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill when MPs get the chance to confirm it’s place in the Bill in the coming weeks. This amendment would update our existing hate crime laws to give our police forces and courts vital tools to tackle violence motivated by hatred of women.
Women’s Branch members have a crucial role to play in tackling hate crime and violence against women, so their support for this proposal is vital in convincing MPs to vote for this amendment. They will be joining the cross-party coalition of parliamentarians proposing it and experts from the women’s and hate crime sectors who back it including: Hope not Hate, the Fawcett Society, Refuge, Tell Mama and the Jo Cox Foundation.
Since the murders of Sarah Everard, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, hundreds more women have experienced violence, abuse and assault. It also learns from the Law Commission review into how to reform hate crime and has the backing of Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Prosecutor, along with former Chief Constables and other high-ranking officers in the police force.
This simple but powerful change in how the law views crimes would give women and girls the same protections we give to others who are targeted solely because of who they are, and shows how seriously we take this violence.
However, this is an issue relevant to all women, not just Labour members. You can click on the button below to download a template letter which you are free to use as is or amend to contact our MP to urge him to support this important amendment.
For those interested in learning more, you can also read a full briefing on the amendment, put together by the office of Stella Creasy MP by clicking this link – Misogyny Hate Crime Briefing PCSC Bill Amendment.pdf
Finally, you can see the whole text of the proposed amendment on the UK Parliament website here .
Women’s Officer, Bexhill and Battle CLP