UK will not tolerate extremists – Theresa May

Theresa May

The UK will no longer tolerate the behaviour of Islamist extremists who “reject our values”, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

She said a “partnership” of individuals and communities could tackle the issue.

Mrs May said everyone in Britain had “responsibilities as well as rights”, and must respect laws and institutions.

Speaking in London, she set out proposals – to be included in the Tory election manifesto – including the banning of hate preachers.

She also announced plans for a review of Sharia courts in England and Wales to examine whether they are compatible with British values.

‘Game is up’

Mrs May pointed to the recent “Trojan Horse plot” to take over schools in Birmingham and the fact “hundreds” of British citizens have travelled to fight in Syria and Iraq.

In a warning to those who do not join her “partnership” against extremism, she said: “The game is up. We will no longer tolerate your behaviour. We will expose your hateful beliefs for what they are.”

Mrs May said there was “increasing evidence that a small but significant number of people living in Britain – almost all of whom are British citizens – reject our values”.

She said the government wanted to defeat extremism in “all its forms”, but said it was “obvious from the evidence that the most serious and widespread form of extremism we need to confront is Islamist extremism”.

Mrs May said extremism could not be ignored or “wished away” and outlined a list of policies the Conservatives would bring in if they win May’s general election.

These included:

  • “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

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