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February 2016

A chief constable has warned that the government’s planned anti-extremism measures risk branding everything wrongly as ‘extremism’.

In an interview with BBC Midlands today, Chris Sims, who is soon to retire as chief constable of West Midlands police, said there needed to be a ‘strong gap’ between the issues of religious extremism and religious conservatism. He said, ‘It is utterly wrong to label everything as extremism’.

In his blog, Mike Judge, pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church, made the point that the government’s ‘extremist disruption orders’ would ‘put limits on people who expressed ideas which the government considers to be “extreme”, even if they haven’t broken any laws’.

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