Britain's Muslim communities have "separatist" tendencies and a "deeply worrying" belief in conspiracy theories, according to one of the government's favourite centre-right thinktanks.

The controversial Policy Exchange report however does acknowledge that 93% of British Muslims have a strong attachment to Britain and their attitudes to many issues such as the NHS, unemployment and immigration are broadly in line with the rest of the population.

The report published on Friday comes out before a government-commissioned inquiry, chaired by Dame Louise Casey, into integration and community cohesion in Britain is due to be launched early next week.

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