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Home Office written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government what definition of political and social extremism they used in the review mentioned by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 July (HLWS1040); and whether it included religious conservatism advocating female genital mutilation, honour killings and the application of Sharia law in the UK without the full consent of all parties affected.

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

The Government’s definition of extremism as set out in the Counter-Extremism Strategy published in October 2015, was used for the review. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.

Advocating female genital mutilation, honour killings and the application of Sharia law in the UK without the full consent of all parties affected is vocal opposition to individual liberty and therefore extremist in the terms of this definition

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