Commenting on government data published today which shows a 20% rise in instances of hate crime last year, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:
“This is a frightening rise in hate crime to over 60,000 offences. This Conservative Brexit Government’s agenda and its stance on immigration, making the UK a hostile place for those from overseas, has stoked divisions. Theresa May, by adopting a UKIP-type approach, must bear some of the responsibility for this increase.
“As we embark on a six-week long campaign, politicians must act responsibly and be careful about the language and tone we use to convey our messages. I hope every party and every politician considers carefully the damaging consequences that using inappropriate language can have.
“The Liberal Democrats’ vision is for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united and our campaign will reflect that.”