House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to constitute “extremist” speech.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government’s definition of extremism, as set out in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. This includes calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. The Home Office now has responsibility for a new counter-extremism strategy to tackle extremism in all its forms, which will be published next year.

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