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Community Cohesion

Asked what the Prime Minister’s reaction was to the poll today regarding young Muslims’ the PMOS replied that if people looked at the Prime Minister’s speech on 8th December 2006, what he said was that in the UK, there was a right to be different for communities, but also, a duty to integrate. On Wednesday, Ruth Kelly would announce grants to local authorities to help with community cohesion activities. That was precisely the sort of work that we were now engaged in. It was also why we had set up the Commission on Integration and Cohesion which would report in June. It was also why the Local Government White Paper published recently made clear that building cohesion and tackling extremism is not an optional extra for local authorities but must be at the heart of their role. It was an issue that we took very seriously, and it was one that the Prime Minister had been thinking about for some time.

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