HOPE not hate’s Red Lines

In 2019, ahead of the General Election, HOPE not hate created its Red Lines to determine how we approach mainstream candidates. Whilst we had long campaigned against traditional far right parties in elections, we were now encountering candidates from mainstream parties who had views against the mission of HOPE not hate.

We agreed to campaign against candidates from mainstream parties who engage, or who have engaged, in behaviour that we consider
crosses the line into hate. We established a working group to create a rigorous process for deciding which candidates to take on during that election.

Our process looked at the contentious things they had said and done, the context of those incidents, whether it was a one-off comment or part of a pattern of behaviour and when it had been said or written. We ended up campaigning against a few Conservative, Labour and independent candidates.

HOPE not hate stands against hate – be that racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia or transphobia or any other form of hate. We also stand opposed to those people who – through their views or actions – generate hate and/or division between communities.

For HOPE not hate, the radical right crosses our Red Lines. They are actively whipping up fear of immigrants, through emotive language and lies, opposing multiculturalism and believing that Islam – both radical and mainstream – is an existential threat to Western Civilisation. We believe that these views have no place in our politics.

As we approach the next General Election, and backed up by the advice of leading academics and scholars, we will be again re-asserting our Red Lines with the intention of judging all candidates by.


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