October 28, 2008

A “presumption in favour of exclusion” is being introduced to make it easier to prevent extremists entering the UK, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said.

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Ms Smith said it would now be up to the individual concerned to prove they would not “stir up tension” in the UK.

For the first time a list of the names of those excluded – including so-called “preachers of hate” – will be published and shared with other countries.

Since 2005 230 people have been barred from entering the UK.

About 80 of them are religious extremists.

Ms Smith said: “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.”

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