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The House: The counter extremism problem and the Prevent policy

As human rights groups call for an overhaul of the government’s counter extremism policy, Prevent, what might we see in the Home Office’s long-awaited independent review? Laura Hutchinson, writing for The House – a cross-party publication reporting on Westminster – notes that the most common Prevent referral is under “extreme right wing” radicalisation (46 per cent), followed by concerns about those with a mixed, unstable, or unclear ideology (30 per cent), and Islamist radicalisation (22 per cent). Despite this, “Islamist terrorism”, she says, accounts for the majority of terrorism-related convictions, with 68 per cent of prisoners in custody for terrorism being Muslim. Hutchinson notes that “many Muslim groups raise concerns that Prevent leads to their communities being seen only through a security lens, and could lead to the policing of culturally conservative views or political opinions”. Source: The Problem With Prevent

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Tory Islamophobia is rampant and the party is in denial

The British Conservative Party has a problem with Islamophobia, yet there seems to be little movement on addressing it. In fact, if anything, it seems to be becoming more severe. A recent poll of party members conducted for the group Hope Not Hate found a remarkable degree of Islamophobia, with 67 percent stating that “there are areas in Britain that operate under Sharia law”, and 45 percent agreeing that “there are areas in Britain in which non-Muslims are not able to enter”. In addition, 39 percent said they believed that “Islamist terrorists reflect a widespread hostility to Britain among the Muslim community”. The vast majority said they did not feel there was a problem with Islamophobia within the party, with three-quarters stating the party was “doing all it reasonably can” to combat Islamophobia and other forms of racism. Read more

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Conservative Party accused of ‘fundamental failure’ over Islamophobia

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has accused the Tory Party of “fundamental failures” in tackling Islamophobia. Its head of public affairs, Miqdaad Versi, said he had seen “hundreds of cases” within the party, “demonstrating the scale of the problem”. When action was taken, he claimed the offending members were “quietly let back into the party”. Read more