West Midlands Together, the cross-party campaign group promoting tolerance and harmony after the Brexit vote, is to stage a youth conference on hate crime.

It will be held on February 2 in the Greater Birmingham area and the group will be approaching schools across the West Midlands in coming weeks to invite the involvement of their sixth formers.

There will also be a search for sponsorship on a modest scale to offset some of the costs, such a printing.

The event, which will involve young people exploring their experience and the impact of hate crime in a series of presentations and discussion groups, got the go-ahead at a meeting of the group's steering group in Birmingham.

West Midlands Together was founded by Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre and her Labour colleague Neena Gill following a spike in hate crime after the EU referendum last year. Former Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands Beverley Nielsen has also joined the steering group.

Miss McIntyre said: "The plans are very exciting and we are in the process of choosing between three potential venues. Often young people are at the sharp end when it comes to hate crime and we need their input to form an accurate picture of the scale of the problem.

"There is evidence of large-scale under-reporting of the issue and we want to help pupils and students understand that it should never be something they have to put up with."