Some Surrey Heath Muslim Association members accused the vote of being influenced by the non local residence at the meeting and racism as found on Face book groups such as “say no to mosque in Camberley.” Councillors were quick to deny these claims, stating that the issue was the demolition of a locally listed building.
Black people in Hampshire are over Five times more likely to be stopped and searched as White people according to new figures by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Experts said this may be due to discrimination and stereotyping still being present in both society and policing.
77% of people support the hunting ban. However, at a public debate last week, the prospective Conservative MP Steve Brine attempted to out fox Patrick Davies, Winchester’s Labour candidate.
The Conservatives promised a vote on the subject, the Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Todd took the middle ground and only the Labour candidate rejected calls to re-instate what many see as a barbaric activity.
Residents in Winchester had mixed feelings :