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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.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments
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Over the Christmas holidays the Government announced that it was considering a ‘Dad’s Army’ of volunteers to patrol and monitor our borders. This would appear to be the Government’s solution to cutting the number of Border Force staff and their resources.

I pointed out to the Minister that his own Government report showed in July 2017 that 27 out of 62 small ports had no visit from the Border Force. This left our ports open to illegal activities. No volunteer force will have the skills or resources they need to undertake a job of utmost importance. The Conservatives are failing to see the consequences of austerity and poorly planned policies such as a ‘Dad’s Army’ Border Force.