The Government should treat the Muslim community as a “mature and fundamental part of our society”, says Home Secretary Theresa May.
Speaking at a belated Foreign Office reception to mark the Muslim festival of Eid, The Home Secretary said to break down barriers and tackle discrimination ‘it is time the Government stopped talking to Muslims only about counter-terrorism’.
The Home Secretary said the Government must also aim to achieve ‘a better balance between public safety and civil liberties’.
“As citizens of the UK, you will have your own individual hopes, needs and concerns on many areas of Government policy, just like everybody else, and we will want to talk to you and engage with you on all aspects of policy.”
She went on:
“At its heart, this Government is about breaking down barriers, whether that be in tackling discrimination or empowering communities.
“The Muslim community has a proud tradition of engagement in politics at a local level and let us all hope that the recent advances at a national level are followed up with more and more young Muslims becoming involved in British politics in all parties and at all levels.”
In an OBV pre-election address to minority communities, Mrs May pledged;
“We believe that Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has been used for the wrong reasons. That’s why we’ll review its use as part of our plan to rationalise the reams of counter-terrorism laws”.
The Home Secretary’s promise should be welcome news to Muslims in areas of Birmingham who have been battling against surveillance cameras set up in their neighbourhood, tracking the movements of locals.
The project was sold as an attempt to combat anti-social behaviour, drugs and crime but locals later found out that the project was under a government Terrorism and Allied Matters Fund.
The Muslim community raised their concerns that the cameras was less about tackling crime and more about spying.