SPEAKERS including the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox will be appearing at a national conference on hate crime which will take place in Bradford in April.

Kim Leadbeater, whose sister was murdered in Birstall in 2016, will be joined by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and a woman whose daughter was murdered because she was a goth at the event.

The two-day conference, which will take place at Bradford College, aims to raise awareness, promote debate, and share good practice around hate crime with the areas of focus including LGBT, race and disability hate crimes, Islamophobia, sexual harassment and violence, bullying and cyberbullying, radicalisation, behaviour and language.

It will take place on Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday 26, and delegates from education, private and public sector organisations, the voluntary sector and students are expected to be attending.

Kim Leadbeater was a lecturer at Bradford College until her sister was murdered by a right-wing extremist, and now works to bring communities together through the More in Common movement.

Sylvia Lancaster OBE is the chief executive of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up in response to the murder of her daughter Sophie in 2007.

The foundation focuses on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures.

Matthew Ogston from the Naz and Matt Foundation will also speak. The foundation aims to tackle homophobia triggered by religion, to help parents accept their children, and was set up by Mr Ogston following his partner’s suicide after his family did not accept his sexuality..

Other speakers include Baron Patel of Bradford, Bradford West MP Naz Shah, forced marriage campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera, and James Griffiths, director of learning at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.

A Bradford College spokesperson said: “The conference is a continuation of the college’s work in tackling inequality and discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and promoting good relations.

“We have over 100 different nationalities within our student community. This diversity is creative and empowering but at times because of the national political context we live in, it can be the focus of hate.”

To book tickets for the event, visit bit.ly/2E2hJAB. Public tickets cost £100 for a one day pass, or £175 for both days.