13 October 2020 – today’s press releases

  • Liberal Democrats: Rising unemployment shows Chancellor must do more
  • Liberal Democrats: Record high hate crimes must be combatted

Liberal Democrats: Rising unemployment shows Chancellor must do more

Responding to the statistics released this morning showing that unemployment has reached 4.5%, the highest level in over three years, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

Today’s figures throw into stark and depressing relief the scale of the issues facing families and businesses and act as a reminder that the Chancellor must extend more help.

Liberal Democrats have warned that by prematurely ending the Furlough scheme, this Government is potentially leaving thousands to face ruin.

Responsibility sits squarely on the Chancellor’s shoulders. Instead of dismissing lost jobs as not viable, he should be working day and night to protect people’s livelihoods.

Generations will judge whether this Government has taken every conceivable step to protect people’s’ livelihoods and futures, or tossed them on the unemployment pile marked non-viable.

Liberal Democrats: Record high hate crimes must be combatted

The Liberal Democrats are calling on anyone “with the privilege of a public platform – including Government Ministers” to “condemn the irresponsible and divisive rhetoric that inflames hatred”, as new official figures show hate crimes have risen to a new record high.

The Home Office figures, released today, show that:

  • 105,090 hate crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2019-20 – a new record high.
  • There was a particularly big increase in hate crimes against LGBT+ people, with a 19% year-on-year increase in sexual orientation-based hate crimes and an 18% increase in transphobic hate crimes.
  • There was a big spike in the number of racially- and religiously-motivated hate crimes in June and July 2020.

Responding to the figures, Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

Far too many people’s lives are blighted by discrimination, hatred and abuse. It is unacceptable that, in the 21st century, people are still victimised simply for who they are.

The rise in racist hate crimes and hate crimes against LGBT+ people must be stopped and reversed. All of us with the privilege of a public platform – including Government Ministers – have a responsibility to condemn the irresponsible and divisive rhetoric that inflames hatred.

The Liberal Democrats will always stand firm against hate. We must bring people together to build a society where we celebrate diversity and where everyone feels safe and secure, able to be who they are, and live the life they choose.

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One Comment

  • Did our few MPs vote against the Regulations last night. The country is almost on its knees, what are they thinking. For those of us who see what is going on in the country and not sitting in cloistered, privileged accommodation, this action is unforgivable.
    Why why are we so consistently out of touch with the reality of the times. We just do not seem to learn.

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