Robin Simcox appointed as Interim Lead of Commission for Countering Extremism

first_imgRobin Simcox appointed as Interim Lead of Commission for Countering Extremism His appointment for 6 months initially will involve working across government and with external partners to advise on how to tackle extremism in all its forms, including on the future role of the commission and on how government could further harness innovative thinking within the academic and think-tank sector on tackling extremism.Mr Simcox’s appointment follows the end of Sara Khan’s 3 year tenure leading the Commission. The former Lead Commissioner has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Independent Advisor on Social Cohesion and Resilience at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Home Secretary today wrote to Sara Khan to express her thanks for her contribution as Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism.Prior to founding the UK-based Counter Extremism Group, Mr Simcox previously served as a research fellow at the renowned Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. A leading expert in the field of extremism, he has testified before US Congress on multiple occasions on issues related to Islamist terrorism.Robin Simcox said:It’s a great honour to be appointed the Interim Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism. I look forward to building upon the valuable work already undertaken by Sara Khan and her team.Extremism is a scourge that has the potential to impact us all. There can be no place for it in the UK.I hope to be able to translate my experience in the counter-extremism field into recommendations that can help the government make headway on this key issue.Minster for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams said:The government remains committed to tackling extremism and disrupting those who seek to sow hatred and division in our communities and radicalise others.The important work of the Commission for Countering Extremism will continue, and I’m delighted Robin Simcox will bring his expertise and innovative thinking to this role.I’d also like to thank Sara Khan for her dedication as Commissioner over the past 3 years and the significant contribution she has made to the government’s approach to tackling extremism. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Commission, Commissioner, Government, housing, Local Government, Prime Minister, research, research fellow, resilience, Secretary, terrorism, U.S., UK, UK Government, Washington, Williamslast_img read more