A Tory MP has stated Robert Jenrick ought to resign as immigration minister after the federal government allegedly moved asylum seekers right into a resort in his constituency with “mould and no kitchen services”.
Philip Hollobone, the MP for Kettering, advised MPs that dozens of asylum seekers have been moved right into a resort within the city on Sunday that had “severe environmental well being points”.
These had been raised at a gathering with the Dwelling Workplace and Serco, a authorities contractor, two days earlier, he stated, and it was agreed that the resort “wouldn’t be used till these points have been correctly addressed”.
On the assembly Northants Police additionally “raised severe considerations about neighborhood security and the vulnerability of asylum seekers themselves”, Mr Hollobone stated.
Then on Tuesday North Northamptonshire council was advised that 41 asylum seekers had been moved in on Sunday afternoon “with no notification in any respect”.
That quantity may rise to 80, he stated.
“It is a wrong-headed resolution – the native police, the native council and I’ve been misled and I’ve no confidence in any respect that the Dwelling Workplace, Serco or the minister himself have the primary clue of what they’re doing in relation to this asylum seeker relocation,” Mr Hollobone stated, including that Mr Jenrick “ought to contemplate his place”.
Henry Smith, one other Tory MP, referred to as the Dwelling Workplace “dysfunctional” and requested when it might “get a grip and cope with the core drawback that this authorities has induced”.
The MP for Crawley stated a “vital quantity” of accommodations in his constituency had been used to accommodate migrants, with one booked till July 2024.
This was “beginning to trigger neighborhood tensions and in addition having an influence on the enterprise neighborhood with these accommodations not with the ability to be used”, he stated.
Mr Jenrick acknowledged there have been “various severe points” that the Dwelling Workplace has to work on, together with slicing the backlog of asylum instances, getting folks out of accommodations and discovering respectable however value-for-money lodging.
He disputed, nonetheless, Mr Smith’s declare that the federal government had induced the issue, saying: “The first focus of our consideration needs to be on the tens of 1000’s of people who find themselves crossing the Channel illegally.”
Lodging for asylum seekers has change into a spotlight in current weeks due to severe overcrowding at a processing centre in Kent.
The Dwelling Workplace confirmed yesterday that the Manston centre, which is designed to carry 1,600 folks for not more than 24 hours, was now empty.
Three weeks in the past about 4,000 folks have been there, with some staying for days.
The Dwelling Workplace stated civil servants had been “working tirelessly” to search out different lodging.
Greater than 40,000 folks have crossed the Channel this yr, 1000’s greater than the 28,561 who came visiting the entire of final yr.