Countering Violent Extremism

In December 2017 the Mayor of London introduced a City Hall-wide Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme, to run throughout 2018.

The programme aimed to empower Londoners to speak out against extremism to help keep London safe.

The Mayor’s CVE programme has three core objectives:

  • working to strengthen London’s minority and marginalised communities,
  • to safeguard the vulnerable
  • to stop the spread of extremist ideologies

The programme has worked with key stakeholders to deliver more tailored counter radicalisation activity across London. Whilst working with specialist community engagement experts, the programme has undertaken a full and frank assessment of existing counter-extremism initiatives and the work of the government’s Prevent agenda in the capital, producing its final report in June 2019

Key findings in the report include:
•    Strengthening communities by building resilience to extremism – Two-thirds of Londoners see strong, integrated communities as effective in reducing the risk of extremism, hate crime and terrorism. Evidence indicates that government cuts to youth and community services and English language courses are putting at risk efforts to support all communities. 
•    Encouraging communities to stand up to extremism – Concerns were raised about a lack of support, resources and information which is holding back communities from standing up to extremism. As a result, the Mayor will deliver a new small grants programme to civil society groups delivering projects that are countering hateful ideologies.
•    Safeguarding vulnerable Londoners from radicalisation – While 66 per cent of Londoners would want to tell the police if they were worried about someone being exploited towards extremism, research also showed 64 per cent would not know how to seek help from the authorities. The government, National Counter Terror police and local authorities must take action to address this awareness gap.
•    Stopping the spread of extremist ideologies – research found a quarter of Londoners experienced or witnessed views promoting, endorsing or supporting extremism over the last 12 months. Tech companies and the government should reduce the ability of those intending to spread hate online and increase awareness for the public to refer content when it appears.

If you would like to get in touch with the CVE team then please email [email protected]

To find out more, take a look at the Police and Crime Plan 2017-21 and the All Of Us social integration strategy. The CVE Programme will work with the London Hate Crime Panel and the London CONTEST Board.

The Mayor’s Countering Violent Extremism Programme Survey

This survey is now closed

As part of the Mayor’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme, the Mayor committed to complete an in-depth consultation with experts, stakeholders and all the capital’s communities to identify potential opportunities to renew and improve efforts to counter violent extremism in London.

The Mayor created a time limited, open to all Londoners, consultation opportunity which was hosted on City Hall’s online community, Talk London.

We also hosted online discussions on countering extremism themes – empowering communities and keeping safe from extremism.  

“I am determined to do everything in my power to improve the work that safeguards the vulnerable and roots out and stops the people who are spreading vile ideologies and promoting terror. This means engaging with Londoners to see what more we can all do to strengthen, integrate and empower communities to speak out and challenge hate crime and extremist views. It means protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of extremism and sharing best practice. And it means a more strategic and tailored approach that can make a real difference in preventing extremism across the capital.” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

Countering Violent Extremism - Engagement with Londoners

Since the start of the programme the Mayor’s City Hall team have been listening to a broad range of London’s stakeholders and communities to hear views on how we can strengthen communities against extremism, safeguard vulnerable people from radicalisation and stop the spread of hateful and extremist ideologies across the capital.

If you are interested in engaging with the programme then please contact us at [email protected]

Countering Violent Extremism Engagement Grants

This is now closed.

In August 2018 the Mayor’s CVE programme completed an open and competitive grant tender process for civil society organisations to undertake engagement with London’s diverse communities. 

The programme awarded both the Anti-Tribalism Movement and Faiths Forum for London £15,000 and Small Steps Community £14,500 to undertake arm's length, pan-London engagement on behalf of the programme.

Findings from these engagements will help to inform the Mayor’s CVE recommendations. 


Independent Specialist Advisors

The Mayor committed that the CVE programme would be shaped by experts; stakeholders and all of London’s communities.
A cohort of six specialist advisers who have significant experience and understanding of countering extremism have been appointed to provide independent advice and challenge to the Mayor and the programme.

Specialist advisers are responsible for providing independent input and advice to the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and CVE programme team but are not expected to form an agreement or consensus with any immediate or final recommendations of the programme which the Mayor chooses to make nor is there a need to personally support or endorse these.

Sajda Mughal

A survivor of the London terrorist attack on 7th July 2005, Sajda left her corporate background with management consultancies and investment banking in the City to lead the multi-award-winning women's charity JAN Trust, in its work to educate communities to tackle extremism, marginalisation and violence against women and girls.

Sasha Havlicek

Sasha is the founding CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). ISD is a leading global ‘think and do tank’ dedicated to powering real world solutions to hate, polarisation and extremism. As ISD's founding CEO, Sasha has driven the strategic development of the organisation and its unique combination of research, government advisory, education, tech and communications programmes. She regularly advises governments and the private sector at the highest levels on matters of counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and integration.

Nigel Bromage

Nigel is a former far-right activist and member of organisations such as the National Front and British Movement. Nigel now dedicates his life to countering extremism and hate. His first-hand experience of the social and psychological tools far-right extremist groups and activists use to identify, befriend and recruit vulnerable people into extremism is second to none.

Shaukat Warraich

Shaukat is an multi award winning social entrepreneur and is currently the Chief Executive of Faith Associates a pioneering enterprise, developing strategies, organisational and operational capacity for third sector and commercial entities in the UK and abroad. He has held many leadership positions in the commercial and charitable sectors, helping to increase performance and sustainability. He has been responsible for producing several key pieces of literature in the fields of leadership and Management as well community development.

Claire Coghill

Clare was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. In January 2017 Clare was elected as Leader of the Labour Group at Waltham Forest Council, and subsequently elected as Leader of the Council at the AGM of Full Council on 25th May 2017. Clare was re-elected Leader of the Council for a 4 year term at the AGM of Full council on 24th May 2018.

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud

Imam Mohammed has been working closely with young Londoners for over 15 years, creating positive narratives that have led to hundreds of young people becoming more engaged with civil society and with their faith. A full time Imam for almost a decade, he regularly organises activities and provides pastoral care for thousands of people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. Imam Mohammed holds a degree from the University of London and has undertaken extensive Islamic theological training. His outstanding courage during the Finsbury Park terror attack of 2017, was recognised around the world and led to him recently being honoured with the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation by The Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury – as well as being awarded a Tri-force Commendation for bravery by the Metropolitan, City and British Transport Police forces.

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