I have been contacted by constituents about Islamophobia Awareness Month 2021.
As the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South, I have included below my response:
I want to make it clear, anti-Muslim hatred is abhorrent and that such hate has no place in our communities. No one should feel unsafe while practicing their religion.
I welcome that the Government is committed to tackling this problem head-on through a coordinated cross-departmental effort. From ensuring the safety of worshippers in mosques to community engagement and supporting the victims, swift action has been taken to address anti-Muslim hatred and institute safeguards. I am encouraged that £1.8 million has been awarded through the faith, race and hate crime grant scheme to support established community groups and civil society organisations to boost shared values and tackle religiously and racially motivated hate crime.
While I was unable to attend the Westminster Hall debate on Islamophobia Awareness Month due to Parliamentary commitments, I was encouraged to hear my ministerial colleagues reiterate the range of action that is being taken to tackle the scourge of anti-Muslim hatred and they have my full support in doing this.
To hear about some of the action ministerial colleagues have taken, you can find a transcript to the debate here: