[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] on Tuesday published a list [press release] of individuals who are prohibited from entering the country "for fostering extremism or hatred between October 2008 and March 2009." The list names 16 individuals, including religious preachers, white supremacists, gang leaders, and controversial US radio host Michael Savage [personal website]. Six additional individuals whose names were not disclosed have also been banned. UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] said:
Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life. Therefore, I will not hesitate to name and shame those who foster extremist views as I want them to know that they are not welcome here.Smith also announced Tuesday that as of June 1, the UK government will be able to ban European nationals and their families where the home secretary decides that the individual poses a threat to national security or public safety.
The government opposes extremism in all its forms and I am determined to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country. This is the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour.
The UK Home Office has had the power to ban people from entering the country [BBC report] since 2005. Between August 2005 and March 2009, 101 individuals have been excluded. In October, Smith proposed stricter rules [text] for determining who could enter the UK, including a presumption in favor of exclusion.