WHAT MPS SAID IN LAST WEEK’S DE­BATE ON AN­TISEMITISM

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PAR­MJIT DHANDA, Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment: “We have made sig­nif­i­cant progress on many of the com­mit­ments that we made in re­sponse to the in­quiry. How­ever, we recog­nise that there is no room for com­pla­cency. The num­ber of an­tisemitic in­ci­dents in the UK re­mains far too high. The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust recorded 547 in­ci­dents in 2007. Al­though that rep­re­sents an eight per cent fall over the pre­vi­ous year, it is still the sec­ond-worst fig­ure on record.”

PAUL GOOD­MAN (Con, Wy­combe): “ Like a virus, an­tisemitism is pe­cu­liarly mu­ta­tive, adapt­able and re­silient… An­tisemitic ha­tred is now avail­able on­line at the click of a mouse.”

TOM BRAKE (LibDem, Car­shal­ton & Walling­ton): “Even in leafy, trou­ble-free Sur­rey, there have been in­ci­dents of swastikas daubed on ve­hi­cles, pave­ments and sign­posts. Just as wor­ry­ing, if not more so, are the al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing teach­ers in cer­tain schools be­ing an­tisemitic.”

JOHN MANN (Labour, Bas­set­law): “In my view, the Home Of­fice has been the most de­ci­sive in tak­ing ac­tion. An ex­am­ple is its agree­ing to change the hate-crime re­port­ing sys­tem in ev­ery po­lice author­ity in Eng­land and Wales, which will have ben­e­fits not only for the Jewish com­mu­nity but for all com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by hate crime.”

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