Labour candidate for Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner post to hold online summit on domestic abuse and hate crime

The Labour Party's Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Ben Twomey has announced plans for a virtual summit on domestic abuse and hate crime.

The free event will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 27th March and bring together Warwickshire residents with local and national speakers.

Ben will be joined by national speakers including Jess Phillips MP (Shadow Domestic Violence Minister) and Seema Malhotra MP (former Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls).

Residents will also hear from groups and individuals who have been working hard to tackle these issues, including Warwickshire Pride, Matt Western MP, Cllr Maggie O’Rourke and Cllr Mini Mangat.

Ben Twomey and Jess Phillips MP.

Ben has arranged the summit to bring our towns and villages together and discuss how Warwickshire can lead the way in tackling domestic abuse and hate crime.

He said: “In Warwickshire, both hate crime and domestic abuse have continued to rise in recent years.

"This summit is a vital opportunity to raise awareness of these often hidden crimes and to encourage our communities to speak out about them. Together, we can build a safer county, but that requires real action to be taken on these crimes that are taking place every single day in Warwickshire.”

Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence, added: “I am proud to join Ben in his efforts to highlight the harms of domestic abuse and hate crime.

"With Warwickshire’s Conservative Police Commissioner continuing to lay off staff in Warwickshire’s Domestic Abuse Unit, it is only right that local people are given the chance to discuss these issues and demand better protection.”

The summit will take place online on Saturday March 27 between 2pm and 4:30pm.