Commission for Countering Extremism consultation outcome: Extremism in England and Wales

In November 2018, the Commission for Countering Extremism launched a consultation in order to build understanding and evidence on all forms of extremism and, to examine the Government’s current responses to it.

In July 2019, the Commission published a statistical summary of the responses received.

The report finds:

  • Three quarters (75%) of the public respondents find the Government’s current definition of extremism “very unhelpful” or “unhelpful”
  • Just over half (52%) of respondents had witnessed extremism in some way
  • The public and practitioners associated the Far Right with propaganda and criminal offending more than with any other activities
  • The public associated Muslim / Islamist extremism with criminal offending and links to terrorism, while practitioners associated it with propaganda, criminal offending and incidents in regulated spaces
  • A quarter (25%) of the public respondents said they could describe extremism, while 70% described themselves as “not sure”.

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