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LABOUR PROMISE TO CRACK DOWN ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

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Labour leader Tony Blair has announced the party will strengthen the Race Relations Act to give police and local au...
Labour leader Tony Blair has announced the party will strengthen the Race Relations Act to give police and local authorities more power to deal with racial harassment.

The Financial Times (P10) reported that the party would also legislate to make racially motivated violence a criminal offence.

Labour's proposals were criticised by civil liberties groups and lawyers. Steve Silver of the anti-fascist group Searchlight said the laws as they stand are 'perfectly adequate to deal with racial attacks. What is needed is the political will to enforce such laws.'
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