Hate Crime: Misogyny Debate

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Department: Home Office

Hate Crime: Misogyny

Lord Fowler Excerpts
Monday 23rd November 2020

(3 years, 7 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Ashton of Hyde Portrait Lord Ashton of Hyde (Con)
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The noble Baroness should unmute.

Lord Fowler Portrait The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler)
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With apologies, I think I will move on. I call the noble Baroness, Lady D’Souza.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D’Souza (CB) [V]
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My Lords, hate speech that results in criminal actions such as incitement to violence is to be both deplored and subject to legislation. That said, I am concerned that one of our most precious democratic freedoms—freedom of expression—might be hampered if this is widely applied to include any offensive or misogynistic speech. The distinction between unpleasant, even hateful, speech and criminal incitement is often determined by the context in which it occurs. Does the Minister agree that each hate speech incident should be considered on a case-by-case basis rather than by means of broad legal sanctions?

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Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford (Con)
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I am aware that such an amendment may come forward to your Lordships’ House; the debate on it will be very interesting and thoughtful, as debates on such amendments always are. I look forward to discussing it with the noble Baroness before the Domestic Abuse Bill comes to your Lordships’ House.

Lord Fowler Portrait The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler)
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My Lords, all supplementary questions have been asked. We will now move on to the next Oral Question.