Wes Streeting MP: 'There is still way too much sexism in our country'

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Labour MP Wes Streeting has said he "welcomes" the idea of extending the law to protect more groups against hate crime.

The Home Office has asked the Law Commission to carry out a review of current hate crime laws, and to look into whether crimes motivated by hatred based on gender or age should be considered hate crimes.

Mr Streeting, who is a former campaigner for LGBT+ rights charity Stonewall, told Julia Hartley-Brewer he supported the idea of women and the elderly being protected by hate crime laws.


"I welcome the government asking the Law Commissioner to look at whether or not the law of governing hate crime should be extended to new groups, particular abuse of the elderly and also misogyny, which I think is a huge issue in our society," he said.

"I think there are real problems in terms of mens' behaviour towards women, whether it's language used casually inthe workplace or in more informal settings.

"I think there is still way too much sexism in our country."


#MeToo movement

Mr Streeting also praised the #MeToo movement, claiming it created "a culture where women feel they can come forward and be believed".

"We've seen jaw-dropping stuff from the #MeToo movement, and the number of women who, thanks to the courage of other women speaking out about sexual harassment, have had the courage to come forward and say me too.

"We're beginning to create a culture where women feel they can come forward and be believed. I really welcome that."


Hate crime review

Under existing laws, offences based on someone's race, disability, religion, transgender identity and sexual orientation are considered hate crimes.

In the new review, ageism, misandry - which is prejudice against men - and misogyny could also be included.

The review is expected to be published by the end of next year.