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Conservatives would ban sharia courts, says shadow minister
by Jon Swaine
A Conservative government would ban sharia courts and impose a tough crackdown on Islamic extremism, the shadow security minister has said.
Earlier this month it emerged that the Government had quietly allowed rulings of five sharia courts across Britain to be enforceable through the county courts or High Court.
Lady Neville-Jones said that while minor disputes could be settled by "customary mediation" - including through sharia and the Jewish Beth Din system - there could be no formal legal recognition.
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