Following the tragic deaths of the people in the back of the lorry in Essex, the Home Secretary delivered a statement to the House on what further action has been undertaken.
I was keen to press the Home Secretary on a report undertaken by the Chief Inspector of Ports and Borders in 2016. The report identified a number of failings that needed to be rectified – including increasing the number of checks on vehicles entering the UK through our smaller ports. I wanted assurances that the Home Office had reviewed that report and will be undertaking further examinations of what action can be taken.
It was good to hear that the Home Secretary knew the report I was enquiring about, but we need to see action accompany her words.
As many of you know, I strongly believe that our safety and security is achieved through us working with our partners and allies across the world. Being able to share police and security force information with dozens of our neighbouring countries ensures that we can hunt down criminals quicker than if we did it alone.
EUROPOL is one of those organisations that we must maintain membership of. But the UK Government wants us to leave it. This is a ridiculous idea that puts ideological fervor over pragmatism. I wanted to check if this was still the UK Government’s policy during Home Office Questions.
Sadly, the non-answer I received seemed to indicate that this is still the UK Government’s policy. This will undermine our police and security services. I will continue to campaign for us to retain our membership of EUROPOL to keep Delyn and the UK safe.
It was a pleasure to pop along to Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn today to cheer on Steve Roberts in his world record attempt at cycling 24hours.
Steve is raising money for St. Kentigern Hospice – you can find his just giving page here – and is hoping as many people as possible can donate whatever they can for this excellent cause.
As many of you know, St Kentigern Hospice helps patients, their family and carers through a difficult period. Many of their patients will be discharged back to their own homes following admission for pain and symptom control, enabling an improved quality of life and community support. Some patients will be admitted to the In patient Unit several times for symptom control and support. Each patient is cared for with respect for personal belief, religion and culture.
I’m sure Steve would love to see people drop by to cheer him on so do pop along to Springfield Hotel.
Pictured is me with Steve Roberts, Hotel management and the fundraising team from St Kentigern Hospice.
This week we learnt of the heartbreaking news that 39 people died in the back of a lorry and were only discovered in Essex at the end of the route. The suffering that these people must have faced is unimaginable.
The barbarism of those who trafficked these people, 28 adults and one teenager, is a demonstration of pure evil. Praying on people’s desperation for profit and undertaking actions that put lives at risk.
I hope that our police have access to every tool imaginable to bring these people traffickers to justice.
During the statement I asked the Home Secretary what work has been done with EUROPOL in sharing information with other police forces in Europe.
For the past three years EUROPOL has worked with all police forces in Europe to tackle people trafficking head on. The information and expertise that they hold will be crucial in tracking down the gangs that have perpetrated this crime.