Prevent Watch


Prevent: Tories launch review into ‘toxic’ anti-terror scheme after long campaign

The Prevent anti-terror scheme will undergo an independent review after concerns have previously been raised about the strategy. In announcing the move, security minister Ben Wallace said critics of Prevent have previously used “distortion and spin” and urged them to “produce solid evidence of their allegations”. Prevent, which is aimed at all forms of extremism, has repeatedly come under fire, with critics labelling it heavy-handed and “toxic”. Read more


Boris Johnson accused of ‘dog-whistle’ Islamophobia over burqa comments

Boris Johnson has been accused of “dog-whistle” Islamophobia by a former Conservative chair after he compared Muslim women in burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.” Sayeeda Warsi said the lack of action by the party over Johnson’s comments showed it was “business as usual.” Labour demanded that the Conservative chair, Brandon Lewis, refer the former foreign secretary for mandatory equalities training, amid renewed calls for the party to open an independent investigation into Islamophobia in the party. Read more