David Cameron sets out strategy to tackle homegrown extremism

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20th July 2015

David Cameron will today launch a five-year strategy to address extremism in Britain.

The Prime Minister will repeat his warning that non-violent extremism is a “gateway” to violence, and will unveil plans to improve integration.

In a speech in Birmingham, he will identify four root causes behind people being attracted to the offer of so-called Islamic State: the “energising” depiction of IS, non-violent radicalisation, the overshadowing of moderate Muslim voices, and “failures of integration”.

Mr Cameron will argue that ideas “based on conspiracy” help to “create a climate in which extremists can flourish”.

“In this warped worldview, such conclusions are reached: that 9/11 was actually inspired by Mossad to provoke the invasion of Afghanistan; that British security services knew about 7/7, but didn’t do anything about it because they wanted to provoke an anti-Muslim backlash,” he is expected to say.

“And like so many ideologies that have existed before – whether fascist or communist – many people, especially young people, are being drawn to it.”

Louise Casey, who has led the Government’s ‘troubled families’ programme, will lead a review into improving integration and increasing opportunities so that ethnic minority communities can “shape the future by being an active part of our great democracy”.