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Christian gender specialist on citizenship: message is "dangerous"

by Hannah Tooley

Natalie Collins, Gender Justice Specialist and founder of Spark, a consultancy that equips churches to abuse against women, told Premier's News Hour this does not solve the problem: "The majority of offences are not committed by men of a particular culture or community, it cuts across culture so I think that the message is dangerous so it might lead people to think 'well, we don't need to deal with this in our community because we don't have people of that particular race or ethnicity.' "

She added that it does not address the problem of British men without dual nationality that abuse people.

Natalie Collins was speaking as the home secretary, Theresa May, considers broadening the use of legislation which is mostly used to take away UK passports from terrorists and their sympathisers.

The idea comes as the ringleaders in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal could be deported and lose their UK citizenship.

Three brothers who ran a paedophile ring in Rotherham have been jailed for a total of almost 80 years.

Natalie Collins said: "The other question is, would we be happy if other countries in the world said any time somebody commits a sex offence in another part of the world we go right we'll send them back to Britian - I'm not sure people would be comforable that."

Commenting on the matter a Home Office spokesperson said: "Citizenship is a privilege not a right. The Home Secretary can deprive an individual of their citizenship where it is believed it is conducive to the public good to do so."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Natalie Collins here:

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