Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hate preachers to be banned from working with children in new extremism crackdown in the Queen's speech

  • New laws will treat hate preachers in the same way as paedophiles
  • Rogue clerics to be banned from schools and colleges under planned laws
  • Other bills set to change the law on driverless cars and drone flights 
  • There will also be legislation outlined for Britain's first space port  
Hate preachers, such as radical cleric Abu Qatada, will be banned from working with children under laws to be outlined in the Queen's Speech 
Hate preachers, such as radical cleric Abu Qatada, will be banned from working with children under laws to be outlined in the Queen's Speech 
A crackdown on hate preachers working with children and other vulnerable groups will be placed at the heart of the Queen's Speech this week.

The set-piece relaunch of the Government agenda is also set to include new laws for a British space port, rules on the use of drones in British air space and provisions for driverless cars.

New laws will also pave the way for higher fees at the best universities and there will be a draft bill on creating a British bill of rights.

The new laws on hate preachers will come in a counter extremism bill and will mirror a ban on paedophiles working with children.

The Sunday Telegraph said it would stop radicals infiltrating schools, colleges, charities and care homes to find people vulnerable to extremism.

Announcing the Government's counter-extremism strategy plan last year, the Prime Minister said: 'We know that extremism is really a symptom; ideology is the root cause, but the stakes are rising and that demands a new approach.

'So we have a choice: do we choose to turn a blind eye or do we choose to get out there and make the case for our British values.

'A key part of this new approach is going further to protect children and vulnerable people from the risk of radicalisation by empowering parents and public institutions with all the advice, tools and practical support they need.'

The paper said the Home Office has struggled to produce a definition of 'extremism' in the Bill as the existing one in the counter-extremism strategy - 'vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values' - was not thought likely to stand up in court.

Wednesday's constitutional choreography, which will see the Queen visit Parliament in a flamboyant display of pageantry, will see Mr Cameron's government attempt to demonstrate it has not ground to a halt for the referendum.

The EU debate has left the Cabinet and wider Conservative deeply and the Government has faced accusations it has pressed pause on its entire agenda.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said his department's bill would help prepare Britain for the future.

He told the Telegraph: 'Driverless cars and commercial space flight might seem like something from science fiction, but the economic potential of the new technology is huge,' he said.

'If we want to propel Britain's economy into the modern age, and generate the jobs that will come with it, it is vital that the right rules are in place to allow new transportation to flourish.'

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