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Parliamentarians stand together against hate crime

Chesterfield’s MP Toby Perkins was lobbied by his youth counterpart as a part of the youngster’s campaign to tackle discrimination.

Toby Perkins with UK Youth Parliament representative Ivan Zailac

Toby Perkins with UK Youth Parliament representative Ivan Zailac

Ivan Zailac, a 15-year-old pupil at Hasland Hall School, serves as Derbyshire’s representative in the UK Youth Parliament. The schoolboy met with Mr Perkins to raise his concerns about hate crime.

In Derbyshire, 413 instances of racially-motivated hate crime were recorded in between 2014-15. On top of this figure were 49 incidents of hate crime relating to sexual orientation and 18 occurrences relating to disability.

Ivan has pledged to raise these issues when the UK Youth Parliament meets later this year. He said: “Hate crime, of any sort, has no place in our society. It is concerning that these figures show hundreds of incidents were recorded in Derbyshire last year.”

He added: “I hope that by raising these issues in the Youth Parliament, we can challenge negative attitudes around race, religion and disability and promote integration in Derbyshire.”

Mr Perkins commended Ivan for tacking discrimination. He said: “Raising awareness is key to ending these kinds of discrimination and I hope Ivan’s campaign helps make a difference.”

The UK Youth Parliament is made up of 11 to 18 year olds from across Britain. It meets annually for a debate in Westminster to discuss issues that young people raise.

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