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Tim Farron challenges the Government’s increasingly right wing agenda

January 19, 2016 2:36 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Model wearing a hijab at Muslim In Style Fashion Show (By Firdaus Latif (Moslema in style Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Dangerous proposals by the Government which threaten individual freedoms risk exacerbating racial and religious tensions, Tim Farron has warned. By linking the practices of ordinary British Muslims with radicalisation the Prime Minister risks alienating large sections of our society.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

"Talk of banning veils and the deportation of women who struggle with English are worrying ideas from a government pushing an increasingly right wing agenda.

"These are hugely worrying times for British values. Of course we need to seriously tackle home grown extremism but isolating vulnerable groups is not the way forward.

"With Islamophobia on the rise, now is the time for an open and serious inter-faith dialogue not headline grabbing policies which do nothing but appeal to the right wing of the Tory base.

"Liberal Democrats will always support an open minded, tolerant United Kingdom which does not cow tow to the politics of fear."