On the 26th October 2017, over 40 influential Muslim community representatives, with constituency, travelled from across England to share their perspectives on the impact of the terror attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. At a time of intense national scrutiny on Muslim communities a neutral space was felt necessary to discuss, identify, prioritise challenges and reach consensus on the solutions moving forward.
The aim of the discussion was to provide a positive platform for affected communities to share their reflections with parliamentarians, policy makers and national media representatives. Participation reflected a diverse network of grassroots community interlocutors including academics, community practitioners, faith and youth leaders and included communities from where the attackers emerged including Libyan community representatives from Manchester.
The meeting was chaired by Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Panellists and speakers included Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation; Mohammed Khozbar, Chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque and Amna Abdul, a Libyan community psychologist from Manchester.