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It appears since Prevent became a statutory duty on those working in the health sector since July 2015 the NHS referred 420 patients and staff to police in England and Wales in a year over concerns they were at risk of radicalisation, which equates to an average of 35 referrals a month.
The majority of this strategy is aimed at the Muslim community. It has an alienating effect of a community already experiencing discrimination and rising hate crime. In the past, it would have been others and who knows who it might be used against in future. It is all entirely counter-productive. There is no evidence that it has prevented anything. It is time for a major review of the strategy and a fundamental rethink by Government.
Five years ago at one of the first meetings of our Prevent Advisory Group (PAG) I was suspected of being a spy for M15. Anxiety about Prevent - the Government's counter-radicalisation programme - ran so high that PAG representatives of local Mosques and Muslim community groups asked me to close my laptop in case I was using it as a recording device.
Ultimately I work in Prevent because it makes a difference. It transforms lives and protects communities. I believe that it is the right thing to do. And when staunch critics are unable or unwilling to put forward credible alternatives, it is clear that at the moment it's the best we've got.
Community engagement aimed at vulnerable sections of our communities will always be difficult for sensitive areas such as Prevent in the same way it will always be difficult for other areas such as child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, guns and gangs or domestic violence.
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My family have been Labour party voters for years. I believe that Labour is the party that best represents me and my community. But many of us in the Muslim community had lost faith in the party following the wars on Iraq and the disastrous foreign policy of Blair. I have met hundreds of Muslims in the past year that are just now finding their way back, believing again in the labour vision. Comments like this are only going to hurt these communities and drive them further away from the party that we both love. I therefore ask of Owen to withdraw his comments and reconsider his support for a policy that is driving a minority community further into the fringes of society.
The evidence is clear: Prevent is an untenable infringement. The only people still defending the policy are May and her Government, in defiance of the experts. The question now is not if, but when Prevent will be repealed; and how those violated by it will be vindicated.