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After the Prime Minister appeared to harden his stance that misogyny should not be a hate crime, MPs within his own party will now attempt to defy Mr Johnson. Led by Conservative peer Helen Newlove, the rebel group will table an amendment to the police, crime, sentencing, and courts bill, currently at committee stage in the House of Lords.
The Prime Minister said this week, widening the definition around hate crime would only increase issues for the police.
He said: “I think, to be perfectly frank, if you simply widen the scope of what you ask the police to do you’ll just increase the problem.”
Dominic Raab, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has recently refused to call misogyny hate crime and appeared confused about its meaning in an interview with the BBC.
In his recent interview with the BBC, Mr Raab suggested that the abuse could apply to against either women or men.
Lady Newlove said that she was “disappointed and dismayed” about how Boris Johnson was handling the matter and the comments he was making.
Ms Newlove criticised Mr Johnson’s lack of support for making misogyny a hate crime in the UK.
Ms Newlove said: “I was dismayed with it.
“Because at the end of the day, we need to fully understand how women feel.
“If the rhetoric is we’re going to have an inquiry for Sarah Everard, for the prime minister to dismiss [making misogyny a hate crime] is not really to have understood what happened to her. I’m disappointed and hopefully the government will start to listen.”
Ms Newlove has expressed confidence that her amendment, which she has put forward to the Commons, will be backed.
Labour MP Stella Creasy and also Conservative MPs including Bob Neill have both fully backed the campaign for misogyny to be viewed as a hate crime and both are expected to support the amendment in the Commons.
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Ms Newlove said: “We are probing the government to listen, and hopefully they will take it on board and they will accept it.
“This is not just one woman on a mission, we’ve got men also on the amendment who will stand up and say it’s much needed.
“I won’t give up and I’ll keep probing because it’s very important that we recognise this as a building block to make people feel safe.”
Across the country, there are already eleven police forces who record crimes in which someone’s gender or sex has motivated the crime.
Twitter user @tweet_at_naz slammed Mr Johnson’s refusal to back the cause, tweeting: “So he’s acknowledged there’s a problem but refusing to do anything about it?! Where are the people who voted for him! #shameonyou”
Whilst @_LadyDecorator wrote: “What a damning indictment of our society, that a hate crime that affects 50% of the population can’t be enforced because it would overwhelm the police.”
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