Labour MP Dawn Butler says she has sought ‘extra police support’ after rise in abuse

Speaking at Home Office questions today, Labour MP Dawn Butler said she had sought “extra police support” after facing a rise in abuse which, she said, had been “inspired and unleashed” by certain Conservative MPs.

She asked the minister: “Does [he] agree that there is no place in this House or society for such divisive language?”

Policing minister Chris Philp responded: “I think this House as a whole should be clear that hatred based on religion or based on race has no part at all in a civilised country, whether that is directed towards members of the Jewish community who have suffered a surge in antisemitism or members or hatred directed towards the Muslim community.

“This party on this side is prepared to act extremely quickly and did so at the weekend”.

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