Extremist speakers to be banned from UK universities

The Home Secretary Theresa May today announced measures to prevent students from being recruited by terrorists.  Photo: Home Office

The Home Secretary Theresa May today announced measures to prevent students from being recruited by terrorists.
Photo: Home Office

New powers to be introduced will make the Home Secretary able to order universities  to ban extremist speakers from campus.

The measures are part of a new anti-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday. Home Secretary Theresa May said the bill would place a “statutory duty” on organisations such as schools, prisons and universities to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

” So for example universities will have to put in place extremist speaker policies and prisons will have to show they are dealing with extremist prisoners in an appropriate way.” The announcement said.

Further the announcement said: “The organisations subject to the duty will have to take into account guidance issued by the Home Secretary. Where organisations consistently fail, ministers will be able to issue directions to them – which will be enforceable by court order.”

 

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