“The Liberal Democrats have warned all along that this programme only alienated and marginalised Muslim communities," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Commenting on John Denham’s speech today in which he admitted that the Government’s flagship Prevent strategy had “lacked clarity”, Julia Goldsworthy said:
“It is welcome that the Government has finally owned up to the huge failings with the Prevent programme but John Denham has yet to provide clarity on how he believes this money will be better spent.
“The Liberal Democrats have warned all along that this programme only alienated and marginalised Muslim communities, and exacerbated racist bias and ignorant views.
“The Government must now start providing real solutions to the problems all communities face – all this programme has prevented is a progressive and practical way forward to tackling violent extremism in this country.”