Tory MP claims asylum seekers complaining about quality of UK schools
English Channel: Number of people rescued from inflatable boat
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A Tory MP sensationally declared migrants arriving in the UK illegally have complained about the state of UK schools. Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis said yesterday that asylum seekers awaiting their claims to be processed had criticised the Ofsted ratings of local schools.
He made the inflammatory comments as he attempted to introduce a new Bill in Parliament which would have given the UK the authority to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Britain’s asylum partnership with Rwanda is currently on hold after legal action taken via ECHR, stopping migrants from being deported to the African nation.
Mr Gullis told LBC radio: “We have got this deal with Rwanda in place, it would be good to enact it.
“We have got people in hotels in places like Stoke on Trent who council officials are telling me are studying their PhD at Queen Mary’s University and when they were told which school their children were going to go to complained about that school’s Ofsted rating.
“These are not people coming over here fleeing war, these are economic migrants who are taking advantage of our system and we need to enforce it.”
Those arriving in the UK illegally are currently being housed in hotels across the country due to a backlog in processing asylum claims.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to end the use of hotels to house migrants and instead use disused holiday camps, student accommodation and surplus military sites.
Mr Gullis’s Asylum Seekers (Removal to Safe Countries) Bill failed to pass its first Parliamentary hurdle after it was rejected by 188 MPs to 69.
It was voted on in the House of Commons on the same day four migrants died attempting to cross the English Channel.
A boat seeking to make the dangerous journey capsized in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A rescue mission saw 43 people, with more than 30 of those pulled from the water.
A Government spokesman said: “The global migration crisis is causing an unprecedented strain on our asylum system.
“Nobody should put their lives at risk by taking dangerous and illegal journeys.
“We will go further and faster to tackle those gaming the system, using every tool at our disposal to deter illegal migration, disrupt the business model of people smugglers and relocate to Rwanda those with no right to be in the UK.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman expressed her “profound sadness” at the deaths and said the tragic loss of life was proof of why it was so important to get a grip on the Channel crossings.
She said yesterday: “These are the days that we dread. Crossing the Channel in unseaworthy vessels is a lethally dangerous endeavour.
“It is for this reason, above all, that we are working so hard to destroy the business model of the people smugglers – evil, organised criminals who treat human beings as cargo.
“This morning’s tragedy, like the loss of 27 people on one November day last year, is the most sobering reminder possible of why we have to end these crossings.”
More than 44,000 people have made the dangerous crossing this year, Government figures show.
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