Amber Rudd’s moves to crack down on radical propaganda may backfire, former Foreign Office expert warns

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, risks radicalising impressionable minds if she pursues her plan to impose 15-year prison sentences on people who view terrorist content online, a former head of counter-terrorism at the Foreign Office has warned.

Britain’s overpopulated prisons have proved a “breeding ground for terror”, according to Sir Ivor Roberts, who also suggested that the proposal would be ruinously expensive for the Treasury.

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