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Many Voices: understanding the debate about preventing violent extremism

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Migration Studies Unit lecture series

Date: Wednesday 25 February 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker:  Hazel Blears MP
Chair: Justin Gest

The tragic events of 7/7 illustrated the threat to our society posed by violent extremism. Preventing it is one of the defining challenges of our age. Hazel Blears will explore the tough choices government has to make - how to empower new voices to join the debate, how to support people standing up for shared values and how to equip communities with the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to be part of the solution.

In June 2007, Hazel Blears became the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Hazel Blears came to Communities and Local Government from the Cabinet Office where, since May 2006, she has been Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair. Previously Hazel Blears was Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety, when her portfolio included counter terrorism, crime reduction, and active communities, and prior to this, Minister of State for Crime Reduction, Policing and Community Safety. Hazel Blears came to the Home Office in 2003 from the Department of Health, where she was Parliamentary Secretary and then Minister of State for Public Health.

Hazel Blears was elected as a Member of Parliament for Salford in May 1997.

Podcast and Transcript

A podcast of this event is available to download from the LSE public lectures and events podcasts channel. 

A copy of Hazel Blears' transcript is available to download.  Please note this is a draft text of the speech and may differ from the version as delivered.

Download:  Many Voices: understanding the debate about preventing violent extremism (pdf)

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