Ed Miliband announced this week that he wanted to toughen the law on Islamophobia, a move that prompted a backlash from critics.
A number of political commentators said they were wary of the impact this might have on freedom of speech.
But they may not have realised that Labour isn't the only party that wants to tackle Islamophobia.
In March, Theresa May said a future Conservative government would force police forces to record anti-Muslim crime.
In a speech about tackling extremism, the home secretary said: "We will require police forces to record anti-Muslim crimes as well as anti-Semitic crimes."
In the same speech, she lamented the fact that hundreds of British Muslims face abuse every year because of their religion, and even have their places of worship threatened with arson.
Tell Mama, an organisation that records anti-Muslim incidents, told BuzzFeed News it recorded more than 400 of them in 2014.
"Most of the incidents that we catalogue – the vast majority – are [to do with] abusive behaviour and anti-Muslim literature," a spokesperson said. Of the reports it receives and verifies, a large proportion are to do with material that is "inflammatory and inciteful and usually calls for hate".
Tell Mama plans to release a new report to the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday. In it, it will say that there were 202 incidents of abusive behaviour towards Muslims in 2014, of which 90 were physical and the remainder online.
There were also 19 instances of damage to Muslim institutions, the majority of which targeted mosques and schools.
Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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