Not go­ing to ex­tremes with £60m

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pro­mote com­mu­nity co­he­sion is a bold strat­egy. I will be in­ter­ested to see what safe­guards he in­tends to put in place to make this hap­pen.

As we re­port be­low, moderate Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Quil­liam Foun­da­tion has now raised con­cerns about the bodies re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from Pre­vent. The gov­ern­ment can no longer claim that such com­plaints are com­ing only from right-wing in­ter­est groups and the Jewish com­mu­nity it­self. An al­liance of Quil­liam, the Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance and the Board of Deputies should be an im­pos­si­ble coali­tion to ig­nore.

I know they are not alone. I am told there is se­ri­ous un­ease within the Home Of­fice it­self about the way the Pre­vent money is be­ing spent by the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment. Sources close to Home Sec­re­tary Alan John­son have told me that there is gen­uine fear that the Pre- vent fund­ing will re­turn to haunt the gov­ern­ment in the run up to the elec­tion.

There is un­doubt­edly some good work be­ing done in this area, but the pub­lic needs re­as­sur­ance. The par­lia­men­tary in­quiry be­ing car­ried out by the Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Se­lect Com­mit­tee may or may nor pro­vide this. We will not know un­til it re­ports later this year.

Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary John Denham tried to tell an au­di­ence at Labour Party con­fer­ence that money from his depart­ment is not find­ing its way to rad­i­cals. His ju­nior min­is­ter, Shahid Ma­lik, made sim­i­lar claims last month.

I only hope they are right be­cause their state­ments strike me as a huge hostage to for­tune. Mr Grayling at least seems to ap­pre­ci­ate that £60 mil­lion is a hell of a lot of money to fall into the wrong hands.

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