The Scotsman cartoon: Eric Pickles writes to Muslim leaders

Illustration: Iain Green
Illustration: Iain Green
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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is facing a storm of criticism after urging Muslim leaders to do more to root out extremism and prevent young people becoming radicalised.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said Muslims should not have to go out of their way prove to loyalty to Britain and rejected suggestions that they were somehow “inherently apart from British society” while the Ramadhan Foundation said his comments were “patronising and factually incorrect”.

David Cameron strongly defended Mr Pickles’ remarks - made in a letter sent to mosques in England - saying they were “reasonable, sensible and moderate” and that anyone who took issue with them had a problem.

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