Monday, 26 October 2009

Government gives islamic group £113k

A militant Islamic group was given more than £113,000 of taxpayers money to run a nursery and two primary schools.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir used the cash to teach children as young as five about their beliefs.

The group - which Tony Blair promised to ban after the 7/7 attacks on London - were given £113,411 to provide the three educational centres in Tottenham and Slough.

Ministers are today expected to come under pressure to investigate why the money was provided.

The group is regarded as an 'organisation of concern' by the Home Office.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer, chairman of the parliamentary sub-committee on counter-terrorism, today condemned grants to schools with connections to extremist groups.

Mr Mercer, MP for Newark and Retford, said: 'Hizb ut-Tahrir may not be illegal but it has definitely been identified as part of the conveyor-belt to terrorism.

That Hizb is involved with vulnerable youngsters is deeply disturbing.


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