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Cooper and Patel clash over borders bill

Yvette Cooper has clashed with Priti Patel over the so-called ‘borders bill’ today in the House of Commons. In her first appearance at the despatch box as shadow home secretary, Cooper accused the home secretary of “letting vile people traffickers and criminal gangs off the hook” and said her speech was “a lot of rhetoric…

Patel delivers statement on migrant crossing deaths

Following the deaths of over 20 migrants crossing the channel yesterday, home secretary Priti Patel told the Commons that “yesterday was a moment that many of us had feared for many years.” Patel reiterated her belief that harsher border control was needed, saying: “More than 20,000 have been stopped this year… We have dismantled 17…

Home Office confirms only five asylum-seekers returned in 2021

The Home Office has confirmed that only five asylum-seekers have been returned to the European nations in 2021, amid post-Brexit difficulties on a returns agreement. Tom Pursglove, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Immigration, confirmed to the home affairs committee that illegal Channel crossings rose to 23,000 this year, compared to 8,500 last year. Despite…

Patel hints that asylum seekers with too much documentation will be barred entry

Home secretary Priti Patel has hinted that asylum seekers arriving with too much documentation may be barred entry from the UK. Talking to the Lords’ justice and home affairs committee, Patel said: “We are granting asylum to those that are genuine asylum seekers, not those who turn up at primary control points at our airports and…

The lady is for turning

After her conference speech that reiterated her plans to turn back migrant boats in the English channel, Priti Patel, the modern iron lady of Conservative party politics, remains for turning it seems… “There is no reason why any asylum seeker should come to the United Kingdom directly from France. We make no apology for securing…

A European powerhouse: Angela Merkel’s legacy

After 16 years as chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel will be stepping down. One of the most iconic political figures of her generation, Merkel is one of Germany’s longest ever serving chancellors. To put that in context, her time in charge has coincided with five different UK prime ministers. “She will leave behind a Germany…

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