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The Prevent Strategy

EDM number 425 in 2016-17, proposed by Alistair Carmichael on 07/09/2016.
Categorised under the topics of Religion and faith communities and Terrorism.

That this House welcomes the Government's strong commitment to keeping Britain safe from terrorist attacks; believes that the Prevent strategy is no longer fit for purpose to serve this agenda; notes that there is little evidence to support Prevent or the conveyor belt theory of radicalisation; further notes that no impact evaluations or indicators are available that show Prevent has been successful; further believes that the severe lack of transparency with the Prevent strategy strongly undermines it; notes that Prevent has had a worrying impact on freedom of expression at schools, colleges and universities; believes that the behavioural indicators of possible extremism are vague and unhelpful; believes that the rhetoric of British values is alienating to many who already believed in those values and encourages ministers to adopt a more inclusive approach and rebrand these as universal values; is strongly concerned that the British Muslim community has been particularly stigmatised by Prevent; encourages ministers to engage with affected communities and their relevant grievances, including around foreign policy issues; further encourages ministers to engage with community actors and organisations that have grassroots credibility; believes that ultimately extremism is best tackled by the Government working in partnership with communities and engendering genuine two-way trust, neither of which Prevent has enabled; and therefore calls on ministers to scrap the Prevent strategy in its entirety and replace it with a community-led programme that builds institutions and resilience for tackling social problems, has grassroots credibility and empowers communities rather than alienating them.

This motion has been signed by a total of 7 MPs.

Alistair Carmichael07/09/2016Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratProposed
Yasmin Qureshi12/09/2016Bolton South EastLabourSeconded
Mark Williams15/09/2016CeredigionLiberal DemocratSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins10/10/2016Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Roger Godsiff12/10/2016Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSeconded
Wes Streeting17/10/2016Ilford NorthLabourSeconded
David Crausby25/10/2016Bolton North EastLabourSigned

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