David Cameron announces counter-extremism strategy at Denbigh High School

David Cameron and Theresa May visited the school on Monday
David Cameron and Theresa May visited the school on Monday

Denbigh High School played host to David Cameron this morning, as the Prime Minister set out the vision for his five year counter-extremism strategy.

Under the new plans parents concerned that their children are at risk of travelling abroad under the influence of extremists will be able to apply to have their passports removed.

David Cameron and Theresa May visited the school on Monday

David Cameron and Theresa May visited the school on Monday

Anyone with a conviction for terrorist offences or extremist activity will also be automatically banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

While at the school Mr Cameron, who was accompanied by Home Secretary Theresa May, met members of the Luton Women’s Network Against Violence & Extremism to discuss the challengers they face.

The visit came three months after a Luton family of 12 confirmed they had fled to join ISIL in Syria.

Mr Cameron told the Luton News: “The lesson that we have learnt is that you have to take action across the board, that’s why we have the power tow confiscate passports.

“That is why today we are saying parents can ask for their 16 and 17-year-old to have their passports taken away, it is why we have invested in counter terrorism policing.

“At the end of the day let’s be frank about this, we need everyone to work on this together.

“We can’t simply rely on the police, the border force and the security services to stop people travelling to Syria, we need everyone together to work on this exremism which is dividing our communities.”