Rushanara Ali MP called on the Prime Minister to lead the international community in the domestic and international fight against extremism, as well as urging him to conduct an inquiry into how best to ensure that families, schools, mosques, internet companies and agencies are better guided to protect young from radicalisation and extremism.
Reacting to the murder of 38 people in Tunisia, amongst them an expected 30 British nationals, Rushanara said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. This appalling act of terror against defenceless holiday makers highlights the need for us to fight extremism both at home and abroad.
The terrorists seek to drive a wedge between the majority of Muslims, who defiantly reject what they represent, and everyone else. We must all work harder to make sure they do not succeed.
What steps will the PM take to ensure any international response includes action to help stabilise and rebuild post-conflict states such as Libya and prevent them continuing to be a breeding ground for violent extremism? Will he now reconsider my call for an inquiry made earlier this year?”
Rushanara called for an inquiry in February 2015 into how the Government could improve its guidance to agencies working to combat radicalisation, following the disappearance of three young women who travelled to Syria from Bethnal Green.
Rushanara Ali: Last week, three young women from my constituency left their homes, travelled to Turkey and are now thought to have been smuggled into Syria. Their families are devastated. I know that the Prime Minister is making every effort to find them and encourage their return. Will he set up an urgent inquiry into these events to ensure that families, schools, mosques, youth clubs, internet companies and all agencies are guided on how they can better protect our young people? (February 25th, 2015)