After an unprecedented spate of perpetrated and foiled terrorist activity in 2017 I tasked my Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme with identifying new, improved and renewed opportunities to counter extremism in the capital. After the delivery of the most comprehensive city-wide engagement and review exercise in this policy area ever the report made recommendations to external specified authorities but also City Hall.
In light of this report I was determined to lead from the front in tackling extremism and committed new investment totalling more than £1 million to deliver a new London CVE Programme.
Many of these City Hall recommendations have been completed and others are in train. Some highlights have included the launch of a new civil society grant fund to deliver work which stands up to hate, intolerance and extremism and which my investment was match funded by Google.org; the delivery of a number of thematic pan-London events which have provided safety and security advice seminars to places of worship and the transformation of City Hall into a hub of good practice sharing and peer to peer learning through a right-wing extremism and youth counter radicalisation conference.