Home Secretary Theresa May (above) will promise to drive out the ‘significant’ number of fanatics who have been able to infiltrate British establishments
Islamic extremists who reject British values will today be warned that ‘the game is up’.
In an uncompromising speech, Theresa May will promise to drive out the ‘significant’ number of fanatics who have been allowed to infiltrate schools, universities, town halls and charities.
Under Tory manifesto plans, the Home Secretary would ban preachers of hate from spreading their bile in public or on the internet.
There would also be an independent review of Sharia courts amid fears they are being used to oppress women.
Mrs May will say to the Islamist hardliners: ‘The game is up. We will no longer tolerate your behaviour. We will expose your hateful beliefs for what they are.
‘Where you seek to spread hate, we will disrupt you. Where you break the law, we will prosecute you. Where you seek to divide us, we will stand united. And together, we will defeat you.’
Amid mounting alarm in Whitehall at the number of British men and women travelling to join the Islamic State, Mrs May will warn there is a clear link between extremism and terrorism.
Yesterday, it emerged how respectable mother of two Rehana Begum Islam had disappeared overnight with her children to Syria after being radicalised under the nose of her husband.
Nine British medical students have also travelled to areas controlled by IS.
It follows widespread revulsion that the IS executioner known as Jihadi John was a British citizen named Mohammed Emwazi, whose family was given asylum in the UK and hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits.
Mrs May, who has clashed with the Liberal Democrats and even some Tory ministers over the contents of the strategy, insists extremism can no longer be tolerated.
In tough language, she will say: ‘There is increasing evidence that a small but significant number of people living in Britain – almost all of whom are British citizens – reject our values.
‘We have seen the Trojan Horse plot to take over state schools in Birmingham.
Mrs May is expected to set out priorities for a Tory government – including a review of Sharia courts and powers to stop preachers of hate like Anjem Choudary (pictured) from public speaking or using social media
‘Concerns about religious supplementary schools. Widespread allegations of corruption, cronyism, extremism, homophobia and anti-Semitism in Tower Hamlets.
‘Hate speakers invited to speak at British colleges and universities. Segregation by gender allowed at universities and even endorsed by Universities UK. Charities and the generosity of the giving public abused by extremists.
BUT JOHN PRESCOTT BLAMES BRITAIN FOR ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
Policy failures are partly to blame for Islamic extremism in Britain, John Prescott claimed yesterday.
The Labour grandee, who has been recruited into the party’s election campaign by Ed Miliband, said events in the Middle East could have radicalised him too. ‘Any young Muslim would be affected by the indiscriminate killing either by Islamic State or Western military technology,’ he said.
‘This kind of crusade started with the invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of an elected Muslim government in Egypt, and continues with Syria.’
He said young Muslims would inevitably ‘identify and seek to support what they perceive as their cause and their people’.
In his Sunday Mirror column he added: ‘Perhaps we might find their radicalisation is more to do with their sense of justice and what they’ve seen on the television and in the papers.’
But Anthony Glees of Buckingham University said Lord Prescott was guilty of a cynical rant. ‘These words are incredible coming from someone who was deputy prime minister,’ added the politics professor.
‘He shows a complete misunderstanding of historical facts and of the present danger which the country faces. Lord Prescott is deliberately fanning the flames. His facts are mixed up.’
Lord Prescott served under Tony Blair through the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the British military intervention in Afghanistan, before leaving office in 2007.
‘Examples of Sharia law being used to discriminate against women.
‘Thousands of honour crimes committed every year. And hundreds of British citizens who have travelled to fight in Syria and Iraq.’
Speaking to a Westminster audience this morning, the Home Secretary will warn: ‘Extremism is not something that can just be ignored. It cannot be wished away. It must be tackled head on.’
The extremist strategy has been subject to long delays and coalition rows and will no longer be published in full until after the election.
But Mrs May is expected to set out priorities for a Tory government – including a review of Sharia courts and powers to stop preachers of hate from public speaking or using social media.
‘Extremist disruption orders’ will target hate preachers like Anjem Choudary.
The authorities would have to show, on the balance of probabilities, that the individual ‘is undertaking, has undertaken, or proposes to undertake activities that spread, incite, promote or justify hatred’.
The orders would be issued by the courts as a civil power, following an application by the police.
Breaching an order would be a criminal offence, with penalties including jail.
In a separate move, banning orders would target extremist groups in order to make it easier to force them to disband.
The ‘independent review into the operation of Sharia courts will focus on whether they work to ‘British values’.
It is understood that a number of Tory ministers joined the Liberal Democrats in insisting the strategy was not ready for publication in the current parliament.
Mrs May’s speech will be seen as her way of reasserting authority.
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