AN MP has pledged his support for a campaign against hate crime.

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, has pledged his support for the #No2H8 campaign by Faith Matters and Tell Mama.

The MP is eager to help the campaign send out a message that no-one should be targeted for hatred because of their identity.

The campaign is seeking to raise awareness of the increasing levels of hate crime and prejudice in the UK.

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, says social media has provided a voice for “hatred” and helped foster a “rise in hate crime, intolerance and bigotry”. According to Home Office figures, hate crime in England and Wales has increased by 29 per cent in the last year.