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Terrorism

Home Office written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current threat posed by extreme right-wing terrorism to UK national security; and how they define right wing terrorism.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Home Secretary has been clear: the far right has absolutely no place in Britain. The British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect.

Through CONTEST and the Counter-Extremism Strategy, we’re dealing with the threat of right-wing terrorism and the wider harms caused by the far right, including community tensions, hate crime and public order issues. This is about keeping our communities safe and secure. We have also been discussing the risk posed by right wing terrorism with our international partners.

The Government proscribed National Action as a terrorist organisation in December 2016. We’ve also proscribed Scottish Dawn and NS131 as aliases of National Action.

“Terrorism” is defined in Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Our counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST, works to reduce the risk of all forms of terrorism, regardless of ideology.

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