The British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) with the Government Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) organised the Manchester Integration Road Show Thursday 11th December 2014.
The community took up the opportunity to quiz Communities Minister Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon on the government’s commitment to tackling hate crime and building stronger communities.
At an interactive session held at the BMHC, Lord Ahmad led a panel in a frank and honest exchange of opinions on a wide range of issues, including:
- The impact of negative attitudes towards British Muslims
- The reporting of religious hate crime
- The role of young people and women in society
- Foreign policy
- Challenging extremism
Over the course of 2014, ministers have held integration ‘roadshows’ across the country – in Manchester, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Leicester, Luton, Bristol and Oxford – attended by diverse audiences including community and faith leaders, university students, academics and members of local police forces.
On the panel, the minister was joined by Iftikhar Awan from the independent cross-government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Nazir Afzal from the Crown Prosecution Service, Carolyn Jones from the Altrincham Interfaith Group and Paul Giannasi the Head of the Hate Crime Programme at the Ministry of Justice.
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