Ruth Kelly

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Ruth Kelly has been the Labour MP for Bolton West since 1997.[1]

Communities Secretary

Kelly served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May 2006 to June 2007.[2]

Britain: Our Values, Our Responsibilities

In an October 2006 speech, Kelly called for "a fundamental rebalancing of our relationship with Muslim organisations from now on":

Since taking up my post, I have actively sought to develop relationships with a wider network of Muslim organisations, including those representing young people and women.
In future, I am clear that our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly towards those organisations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremism and defending our shared values. It is only by defending our values that we will prevent extremists radicalising future generations of terrorists[3]

The move was seen as a snub to the Muslim Council of Britain.[4]

Notes

  1. Ruth Kelly, They Work For You.com, accessed 11 July 2009.
  2. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  3. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Department of Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  4. Sean O’Neill and Philip Webster, Kelly penalises mosques' failure to tackle terror, The Times, 12 October 2006.