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Extremists to be barred from UK

Tougher measures to prevent extremists entering the UK have been announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

They are designed to stop people - including so-called "preachers of hate" - stirring up tension.

The names of some of the people being excluded will now be published. There have been 230 people barred since 2005.

Ms Smith said there would now be "a presumption in favour of exclusion" for those people "fostering, encouraging or spreading extremism and hatred".

The changes mean it will be up to the individual concerned to prove they will not "stir up tension".


Ms Smith added: "Through these tough new measures I will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.

"Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life. "

The 230 previously blocked have included neo-Nazis, holocaust deniers and animal rights activists. About 80 of them have been religious extremists.

The radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was banned from the UK following the bombings in London in July 2005.

Full story, source: BBC

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