Conservative leader David Cameron visited Birmingham Central Mosque today to speak with Muslim leaders in the wake of last weeks terrorism arrests.
After spending about two hours speaking inside the mosque he answered a few brief questions from the media. He expressed his concerns about an existing threat from extreme terrorist groups but urges people not put up barriers to alienate or ’demonise’ Muslim communities.
He said: "There is a small number of very dangerous extremists that we need to confront and defeat. Everyone, including the Muslim communities, has to make sure we do that.
"The most important question is; What more can we do to encourage people to live together?."
In response to Chairman of Birmingham’s Central Mosque, Mohammed Naseem’s claims that Britain is becoming a police state and similar to Nazi Germany, Mr Cameron said: "We have had some discussions here today, some of them have been heated and I agree with some points made and disagreed with others.
"Britain is not becoming a police state. The police do a great job in this country and they are an independent body which is good.
"People should co-operate with the police and let them get on with their job."