Saudi Arabia funds ideologies which lead to extremist activity in the UK, the former British ambassador to Riyadh has said. 
“The Saudis [have] not quite appreciated the impact their funding of a certain brand of Islam is having in the countries in which they do it – it is not just Britain and Europe,” Sir William Patey said, speaking at a round-table debate in Parliament. 
“That is a dialogue we need to have. They are not funding terrorism.
“They are funding something else, which may down the road lead to individuals being radicalised and becoming fodder for terrorism.”
Saudi Arabia is funding an ideology with consequences of which they might not be aware, according to Sir William.
“It is unhealthy and we need to do something about it.”
Sir William, 64, was British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2006 to 2010 and has headed the Foreign Office Middle East desk.
Saudis “find it every easy to back off …