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Committee takes evidence on hate crime and asylum accommodation

20 November 2018

In a multi-inquiry hearing, the Home Affairs Committee hears from Demos, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, on the threat from the far right as part of their hate crime inquiry; and Local Authorities in a new inquiry examining asylum accommodation contracts.

As part of its inquiry into hate crime, the Committee will hear from representatives of think tanks, Demos and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, on the current threat posed by the far-right in the UK.

The session is likely to cover:

  • Influence of fake-accounts and Russian-bots in inspiring Islamophobia and the far-right agenda
  • Prevalence and growth of far-right extremism in the UK
  • Utilisation of the internet and social media to propagate far-right ideologies and international support
  • Government and industry's response to countering far-right extremism both in the online space and the offline world


Tuesday 20 November in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Researcher, Centre for Analysis of Social Media, Demos
  • Jacob Davey, Research Manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Chloe Colliver, Project Manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

The Committee will also be taking evidence from Local Authorities on asylum accommodation contracts that are up for tender.

The session is likely to cover:

  • The relationship between Government and local authorities in respect of support for asylum seekers
  • Operation of the dispersal policy
  • The transition to new asylum accommodation contracts in 2019
  • Accommodation standards


At 3.15 pm

  • Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Councillor David Simmonds CBE, Deputy Leader of Hillingdon Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group

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