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In defence of the Prevent Strategy

Critics of the programme "should listen to community groups, rather than the ill-informed gossip on the Islington omnibus"

By Ben Wallace  

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Last month, Alistair Carmichael criticised the Prevent Strategy on the Prospect website. Here, Security Minister Ben Wallace mounts a defence of it. 

There is something very “echo chamber” about recent criticism of the government’s counter-extremism Prevent Strategy. Without any credible evidence being presented, a number of so-called commentators have taken to the media to denounce the policy. They have ignored the facts, ignored the successes to date and, worst of all, ignored the voices of the people within communities delivering the…

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