A prominent activist has been appointed to lead a fresh Government drive to tackle extremism in the UK.

Sara Khan will head up the newly-created Commission for Countering Extremism, the Home Office announced on Wednesday.

Ms Khan, a counter-extremism and women's rights campaigner, said she was "honoured and humbled" by the appointment.

She added: "I recognise the scale of the challenge we face in confronting extremism and I am deeply committed to this role.

"I will create a Commission that is forthright in challenging extremism in the name of our shared values, fundamental freedoms and human rights.

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