Tomorrow, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable will emphasise the importance of fighting for liberal values following the increase in far-right hate crime and antisemitism.

In a speech held in Westminster, Cable will also point to Prevent; the government’s counter-terrorism strategy for “contributing to a culture of suspicion and mistrust”.

Vince Cable is expected to say:

"The Liberal Democrat fight to remain in the EU is not the only mechanism to combat far-right views and anti-semitism.

“Prevent is intended to tackle all forms of terrorism. However, the majority of resources are devoted to the Muslim community and therefore promotes a culture of suspicion and mistrust.

“The Liberal Democrats are fully committed to scrapping Prevent and removing absolute control of the programme from the Home Office and putting it within the remit of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

“This will mean that action against threats is more likely to be community led and Liberal Democrats elected in the local elections next month can play a greater role in shaping this at council level.”

Vince Cable’s comments come after new figures published show the number of suspected far-right extremists referred to the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme has increased by more than a quarter.


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