Radicalism: Birmingham

Home Office written question – answered on 21st March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given any consideration to setting up a special joint departmental task force, including the Security Service and Special Branch, to target Islamist extremism in Birmingham with the objectives of (1) reducing the potential for terrorist attacks, (2) taking national control of all schools where there have been reports of so-called Trojan Horse activities to impose a radical Islamic curriculum, (3) creating more integration between Muslims, and, (4) taking responsibility from Birmingham City Council for tackling deprivation in wards with large Muslim populations.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government takes terrorism and extremism very seriously and is tackling both through its CONTEST and Counter Extremism Strategies. Working in partnership with local areas - like Birmingham - is a key component to success.

The Government has taken, and will continue to take, strong action to prevent extremism from gaining a foothold in our schools or anywhere else.

Integration was the subject of Dame Louise Casey’s Government commissioned review, which reported in December 2016. The Government will respond in the spring.

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