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Jonathan Djanogly questions Home Secretary on terrorist attacks in Paris

16th November 2015

Following the Home Secretary’s statement to Parliament about the terrorist attacks in Paris, Jonathan Djanogly raises the question that the defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq would not necessarily stop the problem in western Europe.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con): Our thoughts go out to those in Paris. Further to the last question about the nature of the threat, is my right hon. Friend saying that if Daesh were defeated in Syria and Iraq, it would not necessarily stop the problem in western Europe?

Mrs May: It is important that we defeat Daesh, but as my hon. Friend will recognise, we face threats not just from Daesh—for example, there are still threats from organisations with links to al-Qaeda. It is important, therefore, that we defeat the ideology that lies behind these terrorist groups, and that can be done in a variety of ways. For that reason, moves we have made, such as on the counter-extremism strategy in the UK, are also important. There is often a focus on what security agencies and the police can do—on that sort of activity—but defeating the ideology is essential.

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