Steve Beasant

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Saudi extremism funding report staying unpublished – Tim Farron

by Steve Beasant on 12 July, 2017

Commenting on the today’s Ministerial statement into the main findings of the Home Office’s internal review into the nature, scale and origin of the funding of Islamist extremist activity in the UK, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

“The bottom line is that this report still remains unpublished.  The government hoped to sneak out what it thinks are the top lines of a report, no-one has seen on a busy day hoping no-one would notice.  This decision is utterly shameful.

“I believe that sunlight is the best disinfectant and the government should release this report today and stop it gathering dust in a draw in Number 10.

“We cannot tackle the root causes of terrorism in the UK without full disclosure of the states and institutions that fund extremism in our country.

“Instead of supporting the perpetrators of these vile ideologies, the government should be naming and shaming them – including so-called allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar if need be.

“It seems like the government, yet again, is putting our so called friendship with Saudi Arabia above our values.  This shoddy decision is the latest in a long line where we have put profit over principle.”

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