October 28, 2008
A “presumption in favour of exclusion” is being introduced to make it easier to prevent extremists entering the UK, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said.
Ms Smith said it would now be up to the individual concerned to prove they would not “stir up tension” in the UK.
For the first time a list of the names of those excluded – including so-called “preachers of hate” – will be published and shared with other countries.
Since 2005 230 people have been barred from entering the UK.
About 80 of them are religious extremists.
Ms Smith said: “Through these tough new measures I will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.
“Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 12:47 pm