A TERROR summit has led to a demand for a concerted campaign against extremists.
Community leaders and politicians - including Dewsbury Labour MP Shahid Malik and Kirklees councillor Mehboob Khan - who met at No 10 yesterday agreed on a united front against militants.
There was also a plea for more action by councils to deal with issues.
Prime Minister Tony Blair said the meeting of Muslim community leaders had agreed to deal "head on" with extremism based on a perversion of Islam that could lead to terrorism.
He said there would be a network of people prepared to take on arguments within the Muslim community and confront "this evil ideology and defeat it by the force of reason".
Opposition leaders Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy were also at the talks, along with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
Mr Kennedy said setting up a new task force to tackle the issue was to be considered.
Mr Malik said: "The feeling was that there is a profound challenge. I think everyone here is up for the challenge. We have to work better at confronting these evil voices, minute as they are."
Clr Khan appealed for communities to be given support, training in n ew skills and possibly new legislation to root out extremism.
Clr Khan, who has been advising Labour leaders on community relations, said councillors, the police and leaders of other faiths should forge a new partnership with moderate Muslims to use legislation such as public order laws and incitement to racial hatred.
"The police and local government are best placed to make this happen at a local level.
"Councils should consider providing training in essential new skills if mainstream Muslims are to effectively engage with young Muslims. If these efforts fail to show results, new powers should be legislated to assist British Muslims to win back their communities from the extremists."
He also made an appeal to allow Muslim women to have a say on political issues.
"Very few Muslim women have been given an opportunity to put forward their views in the media.
"They have an important role in delivering young people from the clutches of extremists.
"A radical transformation must take place to give Muslim women greater influence and to use their moderating influence on hot-headed youths.
"After all, educating young people on the values of freedom, equality, respect and tolerance begins in the home."