Poll: Muslim body not tackling extremism

The UK's biggest Muslim body is failing to convince the public that it is doing all it can to root out anti-Western extremism among young British Muslims.

In a PRWeek study, more than 78 per cent of Britons said the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) was not doing enough to prevent members of its community becoming radicalised.

The figure rose to nearly 90 per cent among the over-55s, with more than half ‘strongly agreeing' the MCB was not doing enough.

Responding to the survey, MCB media secretary Inayat Bunglawala said the organisation did the best it could with the resources it had and that the UK's participation in the Iraq war had played a big role in fuelling fundamentalism among young British Muslims.

‘While British Muslims have a duty to offer the police full and active co-operation with intelligence, it is for the police alone to take actual action against extremists,' he explained.

The report was compiled for PRWeek by researcher Opinion Matters, which polled 1,068 people from ­24-29 August.

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