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PM's moves to curb extremism are welcomed

Published 26/10/2015

I welcome David Cameron's announcement of a new counter-extremism strategy that aims to curb radicalisation and prevent young people from being recruited by Isis and other terrorist groups.

Radicalisation has posed serious problems for the UK and many other EU states, with terrorist groups and Islamist hate preachers using social media to spread their hatred and violence.

What the Prime Minister announced is the right step in trying to tackle extremism. But I have concerns as to how well-resourced elements of this strategy will be.

Reports earlier in the month suggested that the Government has appointed fewer than 60 de-radicalisation "mentors".

I welcome the news that internet firms will work closely with relevant agencies to curb the dissemination of extremist material.

In June I and 40 other MEPs wrote urging Twitter to do more to tackle this serious problem.

Isis is committing atrocities across the Middle East. In the region there has never been a more difficult time to be a Christian.

Curbing radicalisation and stopping the dissemination of extremist propaganda is an important step in preventing UK youths from being recruited.

JIM NICHOLSON MEP

Ulster Unionist Party

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