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Counter-terrorism: Protest

Home Office written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recent counter-terrorism police guidance released as part of the Prevent Strategy, how many individuals were reported to the police due to their suspected involvement with a climate activist group.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office does not hold information on how many individuals were reported to the Police due to suspected involvement with a climate activist group. This level of data is held by the Police who are operationally independent from the Home Office.

Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters have categorically stated they do not classify involvement with a climate activist group as extremism and stated that the inclusion of them in Counter Terrorism Police guidance was an ‘error of judgment’.

Membership or support of climate activist groups does not mean that a person is considered a threat by the Home Office or by the police; it does not meet the government threshold for extremism as defined in the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy published in 2015.

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