Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:41 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of Robert Marshall-Andrews Robert Marshall-Andrews Labour, Medway 6:41 pm, 21st June 2005

I am very grateful. I should like my right hon. Friend to address an issue that causes me great concern. In Europe, in his lifetime and mine, there have been times when hatred has been stirred up against socialists and communists that has resulted in persecution and death. People who believed passionately in their politics or their faith were persecuted. Would my right hon. Friend be in favour of extending the law to protect those beliefs and value systems if the same situation occurred in the United Kingdom?