Sadiq Khan unveils programme designed to improve efforts to tackle violent extremism

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today  unveils an ambitious new work programme designed to improve and renew efforts to tackle violent extremism – from both the far-right to the so-called Islamic State/Daesh – in the capital.

The programme, which will begin at City Hall early next year and run throughout 2018, will aim to empower Londoners to speak out against extremism to help keep London safe.

Sadiq is determined to do everything in his power to improve work that safeguards the vulnerable and roots out and stops the people who are spreading vile ideologies and promoting terror.

London continues to be the most diverse and inclusive city in the world, something of which the Mayor and Londoners are extremely proud. Yet across the city some communities remain marginalised, disengaged and unempowered, allowing the spread of hateful and violent ideologies with tragic consequences.

This year, the UK has seen an unprecedented shift in the threat of terrorism. London has suffered four tragic terrorist attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green, and many more have been thwarted.

The new work on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) will involve an in-depth consultation with experts, local authorities, stakeholders, women’s groups and all of the capital’s communities to identify a London-specific tool-kit of operational improvements that can be implemented as soon as possible to help counter hate crime and violent extremism.

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