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Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to comments by Immigration Minister Chris Philp on Channel crossings

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to comments by Immigration Minister Chris Philp on Channel crossings, said:

“These vague comments from a Minister once again show the chaos the Government is in, with no proper plan to deal with the increasing number of Channel Crossings.

“Time and time again, the Government has announced arrangements with France using taxpayers’ money but the numbers keep increasing. The Government needs to have a strategy that includes tackling the criminal gangs that operate away from the coast of France that are facilitating these dangerous crossings.

“Ministers must also reopen safe and legal routes to prevent people undertaking this dangerous sea crossing, and reverse the decision to close the Department for International Development that was addressing why people become displaced from their homes.”