Statement by Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green & Bow on Times report about Shamima Begum

The Times has reported that Shamima Begum who fled the UK to join IS in 2015 was recently found in a camp in Syria.

Rushanara Ali MP said: 

"At the time, when Shamima Begum and two other girls disappeared and it was feared they were heading for Syria via Turkey, I made representations to the then Home Secretary, Theresa May and the head of Counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police.

I appealed to them to work with the Turkish authorities to prevent the girls from crossing the border into Syria. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the UK authorities, the girls did get into Syria and as subsequent reports suggest, they joined IS.

If it is the case that Shamima Begum is trying to return to the UK, it is now a matter for the UK police, security services and the Foreign office who will rightly need to consider public safety and our national security in cases such as these."

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