Peer is asked to investigate the activities of extreme right and left

Lord Walney says far right is much bigger threat than far left but latter had ‘overstepped the mark’ at times

The government has reportedly ordered an investigation into the extreme fringes on both ends of the political spectrum, with a peer tasked with offering recommendations to the prime minister and home secretary.

The review will be led by John Woodcock, the former Labour MP who now sits in the upper chamber as Lord Walney and was appointed as the government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption last November.

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