Cameron's task force on extremism meets today

Cameron's new task force gets set to tackle extremism in all forms, with Gove, Laws, Grayling and Warsi tackling key roles

by The Commentator on 3 June 2013 13:46


Following the recent terrorist attack in London, Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to launch a new counter-terrorism initiative led by ministers of Britain's Cabinet.

The Prime Minister's task force on tackling extremism and radicalisation met for an initial meeting today.

Ministers attending were:

David Cameron, Prime Minister (chair)

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Theresa May, Home Secretary

Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary

Michael Gove, Education Secretary

Vince Cable, Business Secretary

David Laws, Schools Minister

Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy

Baroness Warsi, Minister for Faith and Communities

It was agreed at the meeting that it is necessary to "tackle extremism head on" and not simply focus on violent extremism, which previous British governments have primarily concerned themselves with. This is said to be a particular response to "the appalling murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich."

The Prime Minister has tasked Cabinet Ministers to work on practical suggestions which the task force could discuss at future meetings.

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Schools Minister David Laws will look at confronting extreme views in schools and charities, while Vince Cable will focus on extremism at universities. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is expected to look into similar issues in prisons; and, Baroness Warsi, who has been long-critcised for her proximity to extremist groups, will retain her role within "communities". 

Warsi was recently found to have attended an event convened by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) which featured Carl Arrindell, a man who has been criticised for proudly posing with the Hamas terrorist group leader Ismail Haniyeh. FOSIS is known to promote extremist speakers to university students, including former members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which the British government has often sought ought advice on the proscription of.

It was agreed at today's meeting that the Prime Minister's task force will hear from experts in these areas at future meetings, which will be held monthly.

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