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Priti Patel Slams ‘Do Gooders And Leftie Lawyers’ Amid Criticism Of Asylum Plans

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Priti Patel Slams ‘Do Gooders And Leftie Lawyers’ Amid Criticism Of Asylum Plans

Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives for a cabinet meeting in London

Home secretary Priti Patel has hit out at “do gooders” and “leftie lawyers” amid reports “inhumane” measures are being considered to deter asylum seekers from Britain. 

Speaking at the Conservative Party’s virtual conference, Patel said the government would “take every necessary step to fix this broken system”, as she said asylum claims cost the UK more than £1bn-a-year. 

But the Home Office has been gripped by fresh controversy this week amid reports “blue sky” thinking by officials included deploying a wave machine to deter boats crossing the English Channel. 

Other proposals were said to be sending migrants to a remote volcanic island in the Atlantic, called Ascension Island, while claims were processed, something Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds called “inhumane, completely impractical and wildly expensive”. 

A UN refugee agency representative to the UK, Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, meanwhile, said the proposal would breach the UK’s obligations to asylum seekers and would “change what the UK is – its history and its values”.

But Patel said the “complex” issues of immigration and asylum will be tackled in legislation next year, “amounting to the biggest overhaul of our asylum system in decades”. 

In a combative speech to the Tory’s rank and file, she said: “Under Conservative leadership, the United Kingdom has and always will provide sanctuary when the lights are being switched off on people’s liberties.

A Border Force vessel assist a group of people thought to be migrants on board from their inflatable dinghy in the Channel

“As for those defending the broken system – the traffickers, the do gooders, the leftie lawyers, the Labour Party – they are defending the indefensible.

“And that is something I will never do. If at times it means being unpopular on Twitter. I will bear it.” 

Calling the current asylum system “fundamentally broken”, she said the new programme will be “firm but fair”. 

She said: “We will continue to hunt down the criminal gangs who traffic people into our country.

“I will continue to use the full force of our outstanding National Crime Agency and intelligence agencies to go after them.

“We will make more immediate returns of those who come here illegally and break our rules, every single week.

“And we will explore all practical measures and options to deter illegal migration.”

Responding to the speech, Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, said: “The British people will see through the Home Secretary’s shameless comments about a ‘broken system’, when the system has been overseen by the Tories for a decade.

“This is yet more evidence of how lacking in compassion and competence the Tories are.”

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