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PM tackles hate crimes

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-02-22

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has emphasised that the Government is taking seriously the rise of violent attacks against members of the Jewish community is doing "everything we can" to combat it.

In a response to Louise Ellman MP during Prime Minister's Questions at Parliament, Brown noted recent figures released by the Community Security Trust which showed 114 violent attacks being made.

"There has indeed been a rise in the number of anti-Semitic crimes in this country, which is much to be regretted," Brown said. "It needs the strong action of the police and of course the public to root it out. One area where the rise has been most noted is on the campuses of universities."

Brown added: "We shall work with the Community Security Trust to do everything we can to deal with what are hate crimes that should be condemned by all sensible people in this country."