Suella Braverman voices concerns about migrants in hotels
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In a letter to Dudley Council, Marco Longhi said: “I request the council to take swift action against the Home Office if it is ever established that a hotel/hostel or any other accommodation, such as care homes, have been repurposed in Dudley by the Home Office.”
He insisted that Home Secretary Suella Braverman “has my full support while she is trying to tackle this crisis, which is not just a national security concern, but a national emergency.”
But he said: “Where several of my constituents continue to struggle with their energy bills and acquiring social housing, it is deeply unfair to house ‘asylum seekers’ in hostels/hotels and other premises in Dudley.”
It comes after local authorities across the country launched legal action against plans to repurpose hotels to accommodate asylum seekers. They include Great Yarmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, East Riding of Yorkshire and Ipswich councils.
Home Office officials have admitted there are more than 37,000 asylum seekers in hotels across the country, costing taxpayers £5.6 million a day.
MPs have complained that the Home Office is taking over hotels without consulting them or their local authority. Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash in Derbyshire, last week told Ministers that a Home Office decision to send 400 asylum seekers to her constituency “is a prime example of Members routinely being cut out of decision making by Government Departments”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The number of people arriving in the UK via small boats has reached record levels and continues to put our asylum system under incredible pressure.
“We urge anyone who is thinking about leaving a safe country and risk their lives at the hands of criminal people smugglers to seriously reconsider. Despite what they have been told, they will not be allowed to start a new life here.”
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