Britain’s new Prime Minister is former Home Secretary Theresa May, of the ruling conservative party. (The home secretary is in charge of homeland security, immigration and police). She will take office today, following the resignation of the outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron.
Here are five things you need to know about her policies on Islamist extremism:
She declared “the game is up” for extremists
May unveiled the government’s new counter-extremism policy last year, which included a much tougher measures to tackle Islamist ideology in the UK. These measures included “banning orders” for extremist groups, rules mandating that staff at job centers identify claimants they feel are susceptible to radicalization and banning known radicals from working with children.
In her speech announcing the new policy she said, “We will no longer tolerate your behavior. We will expose your hateful beliefs for what they are. Where you seek to spread hate, we will disrupt you. Where you break the law, we will prosecute you. Where you seek to divide us, we will stand united. And together, we will defeat you.”