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Can our current strategies prevent the growth of extremism?

05 October 2016

The report ‘Preventing Extremism in London’ [1] was released in December 2015 by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee. Since that report - what has changed, what progress has been made and has the situation improved?

Is the London CONTEST Board — set up over a year ago to improve information sharing, transparency and interventions related to extremism and counter terrorism — making a difference?

The Committee will tomorrow explore the current challenges involved in preventing extremism in London and investigate what the Mayor’s priorities should be.

The meeting will also address:

  • Online radicalisation
  • How boroughs and other partners work together to support people vulnerable to extremism
  • How the public can be better engaged in efforts to tackle extremism


The guests are:

  • Sara Sutton, Director of Public Protection and Licensing, Westminster City Council
  • Clair McGarry, Community Safety Officer, London Borough of Bexley
  • Ghaffar Hussain, Community Resilience Manager, London Borough of Newham
  • Martin Esom, Chair, London Prevent Board
  • Robin Merrett, Head of Operational Oversight, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


The meeting will take place on Thursday 6 October from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #PreventingExtremism

Notes to editors

  1. Preventing Extremism in London
  2. Full Agenda papers.
  3. Unmesh Desai AM, Deputy Chair of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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