Government legal adviser warns antisemites face tougher sentences

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Government legal adviser warns antisemites face tougher sentences

Attorney General Michael Ellis said: 'I have been appalled by recent examples of hate crime which are an utter disgrace'

Michael Ellis
Michael Ellis

The Government’s top legal adviser has warned racists and antisemites they face tougher sentences.

Attorney General Michael Ellis said the “hate” element of the crime means there is a greater chance of an increased sentence for such offenders.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Ellis, who is himself Jewish, told MPs: “I have been appalled by recent examples of hate crime which are an utter disgrace.

“And I warn racists and antisemites alike that I know the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recognises the devastating impact that hate crime has upon victims of communities and is committed to bringing offenders to justice.

“This is evidenced by the continued rise in sentence uplifts – increases in sentence – recorded for hate crime, this year it reached the highest rate of nearly 80%.”

Responding to Conservative MP Ian Levy, who raised an attack in his Blyth Valley constituency, Mr Ellis also said: “Those people who are committing those offences need to understand their sentences have an 80% likelihood of being uplifted as a consequence of the hate element of their crime.

“We have seen apparently a 600% increase in anti-Semitic crimes recently, according to one media report.

“We recognise any form of hate crime against any group as obnoxious, it is antithetical to the interests of this country, it cannot be tolerated, the CPS recognises the devastating impact it has and everything will be done and continue to be done to check those offences.”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick earlier this week pledged to protect the British Jewish community amid safety fears.

He told MPs that the Community Security Trust, a charity providing security and advice to Jewish people in Britain, had reported a 320% increase of anti-Semitic incidents in the last week – with the figure “likely to rise further” due to a delay in reporting.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: