New Forest East


[Mr Speaker: Ah, yes – the good doctor. I call Dr Julian Lewis.]

Dr Julian Lewis:  Thank you, Mr Speaker.​

May I welcome the substantial central Government grants that have been made in order to enable Jewish buildings to be better protected? But given that three quarters of all anti-Semitic incidents happen in Greater London and Greater Manchester, will the new Secretary of State seek out the Mayors of those two cities to see what more can be done to protect their Jewish communities?

[The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (James Brokenshire): I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for raising this significant and important issue. I pay tribute to the Community Security Trust for its work in providing safety and security in this area. I will certainly engage further not just with my right hon. Friend but with local government to ensure that we continue to make progress.]