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Keir Starmer has been accused of planning to “paper over” the specter of Islamist extremism.

The Labour chief has vowed to introduce 150 metre buffer zones round faculties to forestall protesters from concentrating on pupils and workers.

Sir Keir stated he was “very concerned” a couple of college instructor in Batley who has gone into hiding after exhibiting a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

But Former Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick stated: “Under Keir Starmer there’ll still be extremists – just 150 metres away. Last month he bowed to the mob, lobbying to change the rules of the Commons rather than confront them.

“Now he proposes exclusion zones to paper over, not tackle Islamist extremism. Weak and dangerous.”

A non secular research instructor at Batley Grammar School was pressured into hiding in 2021 after exhibiting a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad throughout a lesson.

And a scathing assessment discovered that he was “let down” by the general public authorities, together with the native council and the police.

Fury over the case mounted after crowds of protesters gathered outdoors the college gates, elevating considerations over threats and intimidation in direction of workers on the college.

Speaking in Dudley to GB News, Starmer stated: “I do feel very concerned about this individual. I do think that we need to take extremism very seriously. The strategy needs updating, I think it was last updated nine years ago.

“The report into what occurred in Batley raised some very critical points, notably this concept that there should not be these types of protests outdoors of our faculties.

“Insofar as we can, this shouldn’t become a party political issue. We’ve all got an interest in making sure we’re tackling this kind of extremism.”

The Government has stated that it’s going to reply to Dame Sara’s suggestions – together with one to maintain protests outdoors faculties to greater than 150 metres from the college gates – by the tip of July.

Sir Keir additionally informed GB News “I do think we should do that” when requested if a Labour Government would introduce buffer zones round faculties.

He added: “I think we should be a buffer outside of our schools. School should not be a place for protest.”