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Racial Harassment And The Police

EDM number 193 in 1989-90, proposed by Harry Cohen on 13/12/1989.

That this House finds the article in The Guardian newspaper of 13th December about the repeated racial attacks upon Ramesh K and his family at Sparrow Farm Estate, Feltham, deeply disturbing, particularly with regard to the local police's failure to recognise the problem, properly protect the family and stamp out the racist assaults, and in the irrelevance and virulence of their principal response which has been to politically attack Southall Monitoring Group and Hounslow and Ealing Councils which have sought to assist racial attack victims; notes that police beat officers lectured the victims in this case about their 'attitude problem'; notes that at the police's 24th August meeting they only asked Ramesh K about the Southall Monitoring Group's involvement in the case, to further their vendetta against that organisation,and not about the assaults he and his family suffered; considers that this article clearly illustrates that the Metropolitan Police are still not serious about effectively tackling racial attacks, being slow to respond, letting many of the perpetrators go unpunished by either not catching them or presenting ineffectual evidence in court, victimising the victims, and directing their fire against community organisations seeking to get a more appropriate police response; notes that in too many such cases the police are simply not working with the community; and calls for a racial harrassment law, as proposed by the honourable Member for Leyton, which would make racial attacks a specific criminal offence, punish the perpetrators and place a legal duty upon the police to respond speedily and be publicly accountable for their actions in all such cases.

This motion has been signed by a total of 23 MPs.

Harry Cohen13/12/1989LeytonProposed
Harry Barnes14/12/1989North East DerbyshireSigned
Dennis Skinner15/12/1989BolsoverSigned
Terry Lewis18/12/1989WorsleySigned
Bill Michie18/12/1989Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Ronnie Campbell18/12/1989Blyth ValleySigned
Frank Cook18/12/1989Stockton NorthSigned
Eric Illsley19/12/1989Barnsley CentralSigned
Eddie Loyden20/12/1989Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Tom Cox20/12/1989TootingSigned
Bob Cryer21/12/1989Bradford SouthSigned
Jeremy Corbyn21/12/1989Islington NorthSigned
Joan Ruddock08/01/1990Lewisham, DeptfordSigned
Tony Banks08/01/1990Newham North WestSigned
Diane Abbott11/01/1990Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Tommy Graham18/01/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Audrey Wise23/01/1990PrestonSigned
Allan Rogers25/01/1990RhonddaSigned
Max Madden29/01/1990Bradford WestSigned
Martyn Jones31/01/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
Andrew Faulds06/02/1990Warley EastSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours08/02/1990WorkingtonSigned
John Garrett08/02/1990Norwich SouthSigned

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