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Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to Patel’s speech on plans for the immigration system

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Priti Patel’s speech on the Government’s plans for the immigration system, said:

“The Home Secretary talks about a broken asylum system but it’s the Conservatives who have been in power for 11 years and are responsible for that.

“The idea of e-borders has been around for a number of years. Given that hundreds of thousands of items of data were lost from the Police National Computer in January and, four months later, we have no assurance they have all been recovered, there are serious questions about the Home Secretary delivering this digital system.

“The Government’s approach has lacked compassion and competence and now Ministers risk withdrawing support from victims of the heinous crime of people trafficking with their New Immigration Plan.”