The government has defeated an all-party attempt to create a new specific criminal offence of racial violence after...
The government has defeated an all-party attempt to create a new specific criminal offence of racial violence after claiming it would play into the hands of the BNP by giving extra legal protection to ethnic minorities, reports The Guardian (p6).
Immigration minister Peter Lloyd rejected a package backed by the Home Affairs Select Committee to bring in a package of extra anti-race measures to counter increasing racial attacks.
MPs voted by 285 to 247 to reject a Labour amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill which would have brought in additional penalties for attacks and murders which were racially motivated.
Labour's home affairs spokeswoman Joan Ruddock predicted that the House of Lords would put the government under renewed pressure on the issue later this year, the paper reports.