Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 7:30 pm, 21st June 2005

My constituency is in Birmingham, which is a city with a large number of faiths. In Birmingham, we have a faith leaders group, which discussed the matter earlier today. The faith leaders group includes bishops of various faiths, leading imams and others. It represents the Anglicans, the Catholics, the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Buddhists, the Hindus and the Jews, and it feels that something must be done to address the issue. Will the hon. Gentleman accept the need for change in principle, while accepting that the drafting is a mess?