Fascism

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the findings of the recent report by Hope Not Hate, The state of hate 2018, what steps her Department plans to take to tackle neo-Nazism in the UK.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government is committed to tackling all forms of extremism and terrorism, whether Islamist or far and extreme right-wing.

In December 2016, the neo-Nazi group National Action became the first extreme right-wing group to be proscribed. Additionally, our latest published statistics showed that around a quarter of all those who received support through Channel were referred because of far right concerns. Channel is a voluntary and confidential programme which supports individuals who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

Through the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan the Government has funded additional security measures in 129 places of worship, including places targeted by far and extreme right-wing extremists. The Action Plan will be refreshed later in 2018. The Government has also created a network of 160 civil society partners that are confronting extremism in their communities and is supporting Local Authorities to tackle far and extreme right-wing extremism.

The Government’s new Commission for Countering Extremism has been given a clear remit to identify and challenge extremism in all its forms.

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