Keith chaired the first session of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the Roots of Radicalisation. The Committee’s first witness was Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security in the United States. His committee has held similar hearings over the past few months.
Congressman King, the first congressman to give evidence to a committee in the UK, spoke about radicalisation in the American Muslim community and outlined areas in the US that the Committee found were factors in radicalisation. The Committee then explored these issues with experts on radicalisation in the UK.
The Chair of the Committee, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, said:
“I am delighted that Congressman Peter King accepted my invitation to visit the UK Parliament to launch our inquiry into the roots of violent radicalisation. The Committee on Homeland Security has investigated the issue of radicalisation in the American Muslim community very recently, including radicalisation in prisons, one of our particular interests, and the Congressman’s insights were invaluable.
I hope his visit will be the start of a closer relationship between our two committees: the US and UK face many similar challenges in the spheres of crime, terrorism and immigration and I am sure we have much to learn from each other.”