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Labour said the new £20 million plan to teach English to migrants will stigmatise the community and the Ramadan foundation said this is a  “Neo-Con Agenda”….writes Asian Lite News

British muslimPrime Minister David Cameron will allocate £20 million language fund to help the 22% of Muslim women who have little or no English.

Mr Cameron said the moves could help combat radicalisation and extremism.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s plans to set up English classes for Muslim women to ‘tackle’ radicalisation, said:  “In his desire to grab easy headlines, David Cameron risks doing more harm than good. His clumsy and simplistic approach to challenging extremism is unfairly stigmatising a whole community. There is a real danger that it could end up driving further radicalisation, rather than tackling it.

“The Prime Minister is right to talk about empowering women but his emphasis should be on women of all faiths and none. His commitment to English classes is welcome but people will ask why his Government has spent the last few years cutting funding from these vital courses.

Times“Tackling extremism is the greatest challenge of our age. We are willing to work with the Government to get it right. But it is a deep-rooted and complex problem and requires a more sophisticated approach than we have seen to date and a stronger sense of partnership with the Muslim community. Labour is committed to achieving that as a genuine alternative to this Government’s counter-productive approach. We will soon be launching a new initiative working with the Muslim community to develop a better understanding of the issues and empowering it to tackle the very small minority at risk of radicalisation.

“David Cameron must proceed with more care and thought than he is currently showing and Labour will continue to challenge him to get the balance and tone right.”

Mr Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said this is a Neo-Con Agenda.
“Cameron and his Conservative Government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough,” said Mr Shafiq. “There are three million Muslims in this country and the Prime Minister chooses to focus on a very small minority of extremists when clearly the majority of British Muslims reject extremism.
“The Ramadhan Foundation has been clear for many years that we face an increased risk from terrorism and an ideology of hatred, the best way to confront it is to build support within Muslims and support the work done across the country and not lashing out and denigrating Muslims.
“The irony of the Prime Minister calling for more resources to help migrants learn English when his Government cut the funding for English classes in 2011 has not been lost on many people.
 This was a right wing, Neo-Con Prime Minister delivering more of the same disgraceful stereotyping of British Muslims rather than focusing on the positive contribution of our faith and community he focuses on the extreme minority of issues which clearly is not representative.
“Many in the British Muslim community will reject this neo con agenda and continue our work in confronting extremism and terrorism without the support of the Conservative Government.”
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