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Preventing Violent Extremism: Next Steps for Communities

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

Tomorrow I shall be announcing a package of measures to further our work on preventing violent extremism, concerned with building better connections with local places; fostering community leadership and improving theological understanding.

The launch of “Preventing Violent Extremism: Next Steps for Communities”, at Manchester town hall, will fulfil a public commitment that we made in our April 2007 “Winning Hearts and Minds” action plan to provide an update on the progress of our work and to articulate Communities and Local Government’s future priorities on Prevent.

Lord Patel of Bradford undertook some work for me visiting a number of local authorities across the country and a wide range of stakeholders. We will continue to reflect on Lord Patel’s findings over summer 2008 alongside other review and evaluation work on the Prevent being undertaken across Government. We will set out our conclusions and the further action we propose to take to help develop community approaches later this year.