Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, has told MPs that he has had talks with former Labour MP for the constituency Alun Michael (who is now South Wales Labour Police and Crime Commissioner) about “hate crime” in the area.
In the Commons Doughty said “I have spoken with the South Wales police and crime commissioner, Alun Michael, this morning about how we respond to the incidents that I regretfully spoke about in the Chamber the other day. ”
He asked Karen Bradley the Parliamentary Under-secretary of State in the Home Office “Will the Minister make it absolutely clear that there is no hierarchy of hate crime? Whether it is against Jews, Muslims, Hindus, gay, straight, men or women, and whether it comes from the far right or indeed from the far left, it is the same thing and can have the same consequences. We should not stand for it and we have to take action. Those who stir up, condone or encourage it, from wherever they come, need to take responsibility.”
The Minister – Karen Bradley – replied “I absolutely agree with him.”
Doughty has also re-tweeted a message from an organisation based in Bute St, Cardiff called “Race Equality First” which is inviting anyone who has been told to “leave the country” to report such incidents to them.
Race Equality First says it is “an independent charity and company limited by guarantee which was established in 1976”. In fact Race Equality First has been removed from the Charity Commission’s register of charities . A different organisation called Race Equality First Ltd operates as a charity/ limited company. In 2015 it received core funding of £121,000 from Cardiff Council and major grants totally over £120,000 from the Big Lottery Find and £10,000 from the Vale of Glamorgan Council .