Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has called for the UK Parliament to debate disability hate crime, highlighting the work of a Renfrewshire organisation in creating a society where disabled people live free from harassment and abuse.

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During the summer, Mr Newlands met with the staff at I Am Me, a Renfrewshire based organisation which works to raise awareness of disability hate crime.

 

Mr Newlands called on the Leader of the House to allow time in the parliamentary calendar to discuss disability hate crime in greater detail.

 

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

 

“It’s a scandal that around 62,000 hate crimes are committed against disabled people every year and the number is on the rise, while 97% of these crimes go unreported.

 

“Disability hate crime can take many different forms, ranging from physical abuse to bullying. It often takes place in schools or colleges, as well as public spaces or in the community.

 

“As a Parliament, we need to discuss this in greater detail and assess what we can learn from the fantastic work that organisations like I Am Me are doing in this field. This is an issue which should unite all political parties as we create a society where disabled people live free from abuse and intimidation.”

You might remember a few weeks ago I spoke about a great meeting that I had with I Am Me Scotland, a fantastic local organisation doing inspiring work to tackle disability hate crime.This meeting left an impression on me as I was disgusted that disabled people still face so much abuse in society. In fact, 62,000 hate crimes are committed against disabled people each year in the UK, and shockingly, this is on the increase.I raised this issue with the Leader of House today, asking if we could debate the issue of disability hate crimes and discuss ways in which we can create a society where disabled people live without the fear of abuse and harassment.

Posted by Gavin Newlands MP on Thursday, 7 September 2017