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Islington councillors and Jeremy Corbyn sign pledge to tackle hate crime

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn will join local councillors and police at the signing of a pledge to tackle hate crime in the borough at an event at Finsbury Park Mosque next week. 

The pledge reflects a commitment to unite against hatred by taking action to prevent hate crime in Islington and to challenge those responsible for it.

A panel, including the Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, and Detective Superintendent Treena Fleming, will sign the pledge at an event to hear Muslim women’s experience of hate crime. They will listen to the concerns of women who have to deal with physical and verbal Islamophobic attacks.

The event is in response to an increase in hate crime against Muslims, especially against women wearing the hijab, following recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The meeting is open to all and takes place on Monday, 16 October, at Finsbury Park Mosque on St Thomas’s Road from 6.15pm to 8.00pm. Victims of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack in June will also be attending.

The pledge marks the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, during which the council will be running a number of activities, including a workshop for adults with learning disabilities and an event for young people at the Emirates stadium.

Cllr Andy Hull, executive member for community safety, said: “We will not tolerate hate crime of any sort in Islington. We need to make sure that residents know how to report incidents of hate crime with as much detail as possible so that the police can investigate and catch the culprits.”

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, executive member for community development, said: “Islington is a proudly diverse borough and there is no place for hate crime within our communities. By signing the pledge we are committing to do what we can so that every member of our community feels safe to be themselves.”

More details about the event are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hate-crime-against-muslim-women-a-listening-exercise-tickets-37657765390.