Thank you to everyone in Hammersmith who voted in the Referendum on Thursday.
I campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU, and like many others in my constituency, I was left very disappointed by the result of the referendum.
70% of residents in Hammersmith & Fulham voted to remain in the EU, making it the 15th most ‘Remain’ area in the UK.
We woke up on Friday morning to a lot of uncertainty about the future and what this decision will mean for the UK. A small minority have sought to exploit that uncertainty and use it to stoke fear and bigotry.
On Sunday morning I learnt from the Police that POSK, the Polish Cultural Centre, had been daubed with racist graffiti. This is a disgusting act, and has rightly caused outrage among residents of the Borough.
POSK was founded in 1967 and is home to a number of Polish organisations, including Stowarzyszenie Polskich Kombatantów, the Polish Combatants Association, set up by Polish veterans after the Second World War.
I have been in regular contact with POSK and have been in touch with the Borough Commander, Gideon Springer, to ensure that everything possible is being done to protect the Borough’s residents and ensure that those responsible for such crimes are brought to justice.
Many people in the Borough have been left feeling uncertain and scared following the outcome of the Referendum. This Borough is enriched by the contributions from all who live here, whether they have come from Poland, from elsewhere in Europe or from anywhere else.
People have come from all around the world to live in Hammersmith; they work hard, they are our friends and neighbours, and they are welcome here.
Also, as our Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said, it’s also important that we don’t demonise those who voted to leave the EU. While I disagree with their decision, they had a right to their vote and should not be accused of being xenophobic or racist.
Lastly, no matter where you are from, and no matter how you voted, I am your MP. I am here to represent you, to help you when needed, and will always be happy to hear from you.
Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith