March 23, 2015

UK Home Secretary Promises UK Will Not Tolerate Extremists

Category: Politics — Dave @ 1:49 pm

UK Home Secretary Theresa May said “Islamist extremism is the most serious and widespread form of extremism.” She added that Islamist extremists who reject the value of the United Kingdom will no longer be tolerated.

May also indicated a partnership of individuals and communities that would help tackle the issue. She said that everyone in the United Kingdom had responsibilities and rights and has to respect the laws and institutions.

After May’s election, Theresa May intends to implement the following:

  • “banning orders” for groups which do not reach the current threshold to be banned as extremists
  • civil “extremism disruption orders” to be used against individuals
  • “closure orders” to shut down premises owned or used by extremists
  • a “positive campaign to promote British values” to the public
  • a review of supplementary schools, which are currently unregulated, to “protect children from extremists”
  • HM Inspectorate of Constabulary reviewing how police forces have responded to “honour crimes”, female genital mutilation and forced marriage
  • new “extremism officer” roles in prisons to deal with extremist inmates and gangs
  • a “full review of citizenship law” to make sure successful applicants respect British values
  • a “sharp reduction” in funding for translation services and a “significant increase” in money for English language training

She had also raised concerns about the “Trojan Horse” Plot in Birmingham, which involved UK extremist “sleeper” agents may take part.

Theresa May made it clear that he UK government intends to defeat extremism in all forms and deems from evidence that it is  “obvious from the evidence that the most serious and widespread form of extremism we need to confront is Islamist extremism”.