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Written by Student Rights on 16 December 2010 at 12pm

Prime Minister's Questions (December 15th 2010)

robpmqsYesterday, at Prime Minister's Questions, our advisory board member Robert Halfon MP raised an excellent question regarding campus radicalisation and extremism.  The Prime Minister's response was encouraging...

Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Con): Time and time again, we seem to be exporting extreme Islamist terrorists and suicide bombers to Afghanistan, Israel and now Sweden. What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to drain the poison of extreme Islamism from our country? 

The Prime Minister: My hon. Friend raises an incredibly important point. If we are frank on both sides of the House, we have not done enough to deal with the promotion of extremist Islamism in our own country. Whether it is making sure that imams coming over to this country can speak English properly, or whether it is making sure that we de-radicalise our universities, we have to take a range of further steps, and I am going to be working hard to make sure that we do. Yes, we have got to have the policing in place; yes, we have got to make sure that we invest in our intelligence services; yes, we have got to co-operate with other countries-but we have also got to ask why it is that so many young men in our own country get radicalised in this completely unacceptable way.