Friday 6 September 2019 / 12:38 PM Diane Abbott / Home

Government rejects immigration detention recommendations from Home Affairs Select Committee

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the government’s rejection of nearly all the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendations on immigration detention, said:

“It’s clear Boris Johnson’s Tories are just as committed to the hostile environment as Theresa May ever was. This government is happy to allow more scandals like Windrush – and it’s the 3 million EU citizens in the UK who are vulnerable. It is shameful.

“The next Labour government will completely overhaul the system and make it much fairer. We will limit detention to 28 days as the Committee recommended, and we’ll ensure that children, the victims of trafficking and other vulnerable people are never detained. Under Labour, all applicants will have access to legal representation, including legal aid, so that justice is done.”

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Notes to editors

Government response to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s on Immigration detention: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhaff/2602/2602.pdf