18 May 2016

Sadiq Khan: ministers are clueless on curbing prison radicalisation

The Mayor of London today attacked the Prime Minister and government over radicalisation in prisons, claiming they were “utterly clueless as to what to do about the problem”.

Sadiq Khan said that yesterday’s revelations that Belmarsh prison was “like a training camp for extremists” were “deeply worrying but should not come as a surprise”.

“What is heartbreaking is that warnings about rising extremism in our jails were made by the Chief Inspector of Prisons as far back as 2010 — only to be ignored for six years,” he said.

“Yesterday’s exposé in the Standard is a massive wake up call to David Cameron and his Justice Secretary Michael Gove. Clearly there is radicalisation taking place inside our prisons and they need to get a grip and do much, much more.” [Evening Standard] Read more