London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey thinks hate crimes should be punished stricter

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Shaun Bailey, London Mayoral Candidate speaks during the final day of the Conservative Party Conference on October 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England. This year the conference is being held against a backdrop of party division on Brexit. The Prime Minister is pushing ahead with her unpopular Chequers Deal which promises a softer Brexit creating a free trade area with the EU enabling frictionless access for goods and avoids the need for a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. This plan has divided the Conservative party. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Conservative Party’s London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey addressed the government asking them to do more in tackling hate crimes on the basis of sexuality. Bailey called on the government to create a new aggravated hate crime offence for homophobic crimes as such for the crimes of racist and religious hate nature. The release did not specifically mention whether the policy would also apply to transphobic hate crimes, but as the politician’s spokesperson was asked about it directly, it has been confirmed that it definitely would cover all the types of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes, in part those based on the victim’s gender identity. ““My tough on crime plan will ensure that criminals on and offline are put under pressure, not victims. I will fight for London’s values of openness and acceptance,” Bailey said himself, “Not a single Londoner should feel unsafe for being themselves – that message must reach out to London and it must come from the very top at City Hall.”

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