Chairman of Charity Commission says it will come down hard on charities found funnelling cash to extremist groups.

William Shawcross, who took on the role at the Charity Commission in October 2012, said it was “ludicrous” that people with convictions for terrorism or money laundering were not automatically disqualified from setting up charities or becoming trustees.

He said he has written to the prime minister, David Cameron, to ask for changes to the law.

Shawcross told the Sunday Times the commission was taking tough measures against any charity that was “sending cash to extremist groups in Syria” or “dispatching young Britons for training




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