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Tories set to create boom in Islamic schools
by John Roberts and Tom Smithard
Scores of religious state schools could be set up in Yorkshire by parents, local communities or religious groups under a Tory government with "formidable checks" in place to stop the spread of extremism.
The Conservatives want to make it easier for parents, charities and trusts to set up their own new schools to meet the needs of local communities.
Shadow Schools' Secretary Michael Gove told the Yorkshire Post his party would welcome the creation of new religious schools and accepted that the policy could lead to an increase in Islamic state schools being funded in areas of West Yorkshire.
However he dismissed fears that such a move could lead to further segregation or extremism in the region.
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