Evennett backs Mencap campaign

Mencap Parliamentary event David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary launch event to support Mencap’s new campaign against hate crime yesterday (21 June).

“Stand By Me” is a three-year campaign that challenges the Police, criminal justice system and the courts to end hate crime against those with a learning disability. Mencap has also published a report entitled “Don’t Stand By”, which outlines 22 recommendations that Police forces could follow to improve their handling of hate crime cases. These also co-incide with Learning Disability Week, which runs from 20-26 June.

Mr Evennett said “I warmly welcome Mencap’s important campaign. No-one should ever have to suffer from abuse or intimidation because they have a learning disability. I have made representations to the local Borough Commander to see what steps Bexley Police are taking to address this matter.”

You can find out more about the campaign on Mencap’s website here: http://www.mencap.org.uk/campaigns/learning-disability-week/stand-me.

Mr Evennett is pictured with David Congdon, Mencap’s Head of Campaigns and Policy, and Lord Rix, President of the Royal Mencap Society.