CST fringe events at party conferences

12 Sep 2011 by CST

CST's fringe events at this year's party conferences will feature former extremists, journalists and Members of Parliament discussing strategies for preventing extremism.

The meetings will explore the reasons why people join extremist movements and how they can be encouraged to leave. We will also ask what Government can do to help in the light of this year’s Prevent Review, and the role that the media and local communities can play in combating the spread of extremism.

The Labour and Conservative fringes will be held in partnership with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation & Political Violence (ICSR), and the Liberal Democrat fringe is in partnership with CENTRI (Counter-Extremism Consultancy, Training, Research and Interventions).

The panels will be chaired by CST and speakers will include:

Liberal Democrat fringe, Tuesday 20th September 1pm

Labour fringe, Monday 26th September 9am

  • Shiraz Maher, a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and now a research fellow at ICSR
  • Matthew Collins, a former member of the National Front, now working for Searchlight Educational Trust and author of Hate: My Life in the British Far Right
  • Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears MP for Salford & Eccles and former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Jamie Bartlett, Head of the Violence and Extremism programme, Demos

Conservative fringe, Tuesday 4th October, 12.30pm

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