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Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:51 pm on 12th February 2020.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Chair, Defence Committee 12:51 pm, 12th February 2020

I welcome the work that my right hon. and learned Friend has done in this area over the last few weeks, and that he is bringing the Bill before the House today. Will he concede that this form of jihadi extremism and the threat that it has posed has now been around us for almost 20 years, since the horrible attacks of 9/11 and, of course, Bali in 2002? I absolutely welcome the extra funding for our counter-terrorism police and rehabilitation and probation services—this is all very good news—but ultimately we have to ask ourselves why these people were indoctrinated in the first place. Does he agree that we need to do more to remove the harmful online content that is used so much to attract people to the dark place they go to?