Prevent gets a bad press, but it’s a crucial tool against the far-right that killed Jo Cox


Originally published by Left Foot Forward.

Recent reports that there has been a worrying rise in the number of far-right referrals to the government’s counter-radicalisation programme, Prevent, have been given a grim postscript this week by the conviction of neo-Nazi terrorist, Thomas Mair.

Sentenced to serve a full-life term in prison on Wednesday, Mair’s brutal killing of the Labour MP Jo Cox in Birstall, West Yorkshire, last June serves as a reminder that any efforts to identify potential terrorists must focus on all forms of extremism if they are to be successful.

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