Tackling extremism

The Prime Minister has delivered an address on tackling the unacceptable rise in extremism.

Recently we have seen a shocking increase in extremist disruption and criminality – including on the individuals and institutions that serve our democracy. This has been underlined by the election yesterday of a man who denies the horror of the October 7 terrorist attack.

A central pillar of our society is that change can only come through peaceful, democratic process. Nearly everyone in Britain supports this basic value but there are small and vocal minorities who do not, who instead resort to violence and intimidation. We must not allow this minority to destroy our national self-confidence, and we must be stand up for our shared values in all circumstances, no matter how difficult. 

That is why the Prime Minister has made it clear to the police that they must take a zero-tolerance approach to extremist tactics. We will reform how the government deals with extremists. If any organisation is found to be promoting extremism while receiving government funding, they will be cut off. We will also ensure that if anyone here on a visa is spewing hate or seeking to intimidate people, they will lose their right to be here.

We must make this a country in which we all feel a renewed sense of pride. This is our home, our nation, and so we will stand together to combat the forces of division, and face down the extremists who would tear us apart. We will go forward together, confident in our values and our future.

We are acting decisively to tackle extremist disruption and criminality by:

  • Urgently reforming the government’s approach to extremism. Over the next month the Communities Secretary will reform how government conducts itself to ensure that no extremist organisations or individuals are being lent legitimacy by their interactions with central government. If any organisation is found to be promoting extremism, they will lose their funding and support immediately.
  • Cracking down on anyone here on a visa who is spewing hate. The Home Secretary will prevent anyone from entering this country whose aim is to undermine our values. Anyone here on a visa who promotes hate and extremist views will lose their right to be here. 
  • Proscribing Hizb ut-Tahrir. We have proscribed the extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir – whose members glorified the October 7 attacks and called for ‘jihad’ on the streets of London. Supporting this group is now punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
  • Legislating to stop intimidatory and aggressive protest. We have introduced new legislation to crack down on intimidatory and aggressive protests, and we will empower the police to arrest protestors using face coverings to hide their identity, possessing flares or climbing on war memorials. 
  • Boosting funding for organisations that keep people safe. We have increased the Community Security Trust’s funding to record levels – more than £70 million over four years; increased funding to Tel Mama; and increased funding to protect mosques and Muslim faith schools. Our new Defending Democracy Protocol will also ensure a swift response to those intimidating our elected representatives from the police. 


Jim said…
We live in a place where cars absolutelty have to be road worthy, but the roads dont have to be car worthy. Where the NHS is the "so callled" pride of the nation but you cant get a doctors appointment and there is absolutely no hope of a dentist. Everyone is so obsessed trying to decide if a woman can have a penis, or if following the teachings of the Quaran makes you a "race". We seem to have totally lost the plot. I would actually welcome back a policy idea like john majors "back to basics" but this time actually dealing with the basics.
Chris Whiteside said…
"Back to basics" was, I am reliably told, originally intended by John Major to be exactly about things like fixing potholes, having access to doctors and dentists, teaching children to read and write properly.

Unfortunately a Downing Street press SPAD with strong puritanical views gave a briefing to journalists saying that it was about morality, and from that point we couldn't stop the press treating it as a licence to write up as a "back to basics" problem for the PM, rather than a matter of people's private lives, every time someone was caught in the wrong bed.

Yes, we absolutely do need to tackle issues like that. This is why the government has introduced an NHS workforce plan which actually looks ahead twenty years and puts measures in place for the first time to train enough doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives. And yes, governments of all parties are at fault for the fact that this wasn't done three decades ago.

We do have a problem with extremism: unfortunately it is very necessary not to draw the definition of extremism too broadly. You only need to look at Putin's regime recently adding a chess champion to the Russian list of "extremists" when he is nothing of the sort but has criticised the Russian government to see how tyrannical that can be.

But we have to get the balance right, so that peaceful protest is possible but violence and extremism are not

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