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We support the police, security services and Government in work to keep the UK safe- Cooper

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

 

“This JTAC assessment reflects the growing problem of ISIL extremism in Iraq and Syria, and we support the police, security services and the Government in their work to keep the country safe. 

 

“The Prime Minister is right to say this threat is based on a poisonous ideology of warped Islamic extremism that is condemned by all faiths and all faith leaders.

 

“The head of MI5 warned last year that the threat from Islamist extremism was becoming ‘more diffuse, more complicated, more unpredictable,’ as so many Britons were joining the conflict. 

 

“I have said to the Home Secretary that we stand ready to work with the Government on any measures that may be needed to respond to the threat. 

 

“We want to see the Prevent programme strengthened so that it does more to support communities and parents desperately trying to stop their own young people being drawn in as well as responding to new methods of radicalisation, for example through social media.

 

“We support doing more to disrupt the travel plans of those planning to go out to fight and to pursue those who return. That means those returning from fighting should face criminal investigations and prosecutions, but they should also be required to immediately engage in the Channel programme on de-radicalisation. And in the light of the independent reviewer’s assessment of TPIMs, we have also asked the Government to look again at control orders or strengthening TPIM powers to deal with the most serious terrorist cases.

 

“This is not about reflex politics or disproportionate powers, but about reforms based on evidence, where strong powers alongside strong safeguards are needed to protect British democracy and liberty.”

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