Cameron ‘must proceed with more care and thought’

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s plans to set up English classes for Muslim women to ‘tackle’ radicalisation, said:

“In his desire to grab easy headlines, David Cameron risks doing more harm than good. His clumsy and simplistic approach to challenging extremism is unfairly stigmatising a whole community. There is a real danger that it could end up driving further radicalisation, rather than tackling it.

“The Prime Minister is right to talk about empowering women but his emphasis should be on women of all faiths and none. His commitment to English classes is welcome but people will ask why his Government has spent the last few years cutting funding from these vital courses.

“Tackling extremism is the greatest challenge of our age. We are willing to work with the Government to get it right. But it is a deep-rooted and complex problem and requires a more sophisticated approach than we have seen to date and a stronger sense of partnership with the Muslim community. Labour is committed to achieving that as a genuine alternative to this Government’s counter-productive approach. We will soon be launching a new initiative working with the Muslim community to develop a better understanding of the issues and empowering it to tackle the very small minority at risk of radicalisation …” click here.