A worrying rise in hate crime since the Brexit vote has spurred Hertfordshire MEP Alex Mayer into supporting a national day of action to highlight the positive contribution of migrants to British society.
Ms. Mayer will join Hemel Hempstead's 'One Day Without Us’ campaign on Monday 20th February at the Rainbow Stage, Marlows.
Around one quarter of NHS doctors are foreign born and Ms. Mayer has been invited by campaigners to emphasise the work that people from other countries do in our public services.
Sadly, statistics newly released this week show the level of hate crime in Hertfordshire has risen by 30% in the three months since the Brexit vote.
Ms. Mayer said: “I am worried by the rise in hate crime in Hertfordshire. We don't want Britain to get a reputation for being a country that doesn't welcome people as that could have bad consequences for our NHS. Britain is at its best when it is open and tolerant, which is why it is great to join Hemel campaigners celebrating the contributions people from abroad make to our country."