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Former Tory immigration minister slams ‘brutal’ Home Office

FORMER Tory immigration minister Caroline Nokes has condemned the government’s approach to immigration as “inhuman.”

She accused ministers of “paying lip service” to Wendy Williams’s Lessons Learned report on the Windrush scandal, which came to prominence while she was in office.

In an interview with the Independent, Ms Nokes sharply criticised Home Office plans to reject as “inadmissible” any asylum claim from a person who had travelled through a third country deemed to be safe. 

And she said that the approach taken by Home Secretary Priti Patel and junior Immigration Minister Chris Philp has been “brutal” and risks creating legal and financial problems for ministers and taxpayers in future.

“It’s a great shame that they aren’t being more compassionate towards some really vulnerable people,” Ms Nokes said.

She criticised plans to swift deport asylum-seekers to European Union countries following Brexit and to place those waiting for the result of their application in camps.

One such camp for 500 people in her constituency has no electricity or mains water supply, the paper said.

Ms Nokes said: “It fills me with horror that our supported asylum accommodation processes have gone so hideously wrong that they can’t even recognise that this is not a decent way to accommodate people.”

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