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Date: 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 24th April 2018
Location: Committee Room 3A, House of Lords,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW
Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism
The Henry Jackson Society
Campaigns Manager at The TaxPayers’ Alliance
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In the financial year 2015-2016 the British Tax Payer paid a minimum of £6 million to charities that are, or have been in the past, connected to Islamist extremists. This was enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers. In addition to this, tax payer money is also reaching such charities through the European Commission. Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of ‘true’ Islam. By creating charitable institutions, they receive not only tax exemption and relief, but also credibility, access to the public and a platform for their views.
The Charity Commission has historically struggled to regulate against this form of abuse, being unable to simply de-register “bad” charities. Despite recent changes to Charity Law, this form of abuse continues to be a problem, and is helping spread divisive and intolerant ideas within the United Kingdom.
By kind invitation of The Baroness Cox, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Emma Webb and James Price, to discuss how Islamist extremists are using the charitable sector to further their aims, and how the tax-payer has helped to pay for it.
Emma Webb is a Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism at The Henry Jackson Society. Emma specialises in European Islamist terror networks and counter-extremism. Her research has focused on non-violent and violent extremism in the UK and Europe, and counter-extremism within educational institutions. Emma has spoken on international broadcast media on issues relating to the threat level facing the UK, recent terror attacks in Europe and radicalisation, and has written for the Spectator, the Independent and the Telegraph. Before joining the Henry Jackson Society, Emma was an associate researcher and co-director of Children’s Charter, focusing on safeguarding in education.
James Price is a Campaigns Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance. James has represented the TaxPayers’ Alliance on local, national, and international television and radio, including BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Newsnight and the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2. He has also written comment pieces for multiple national newspapers. James also speaks at universities and to other community and political groups around the country about the mission of the TaxPayers’ Alliance. He was previously also responsible for leading the TPA’s grassroots campaigning efforts. Before joining the TPA, James ran an educational charity and before that was a Team Leader for a political party during the 2015 general election.