Britain must not "sleepwalk" into becoming a sectarian society, Theresa May warned today and called on Muslims to reject extremism, embrace British values and to give their daughters more freedoms.

The Home Secretary used her speech to the Conservative conference to urge all communities to recognise both the "rights and responsibilities" of living in a tolerant society.

New laws to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of "harmful" hate preachers will be brought in if the Conservatives win next May, she said. These will include barring some from public speaking and forcing others to have posts on Facebook and Twitter vetted.

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