Stop migrant boats or face defeat, Suella Braverman tells Tories

Asked about the consequences if the Government failed to stop the boats, Mrs Braverman said: “I just don’t think we’ll be forgiven. We need to earn the trust of the British people on all issues and every single day we’re in government. This issue is of huge frustration to many, many people that I meet … Read more

Tories step up election preparations as Reform UK surge unnerves backbenchers

The Telegraph understands the Government is also preparing a new crackdown on small boat crossings in an attempt to win over Red Wall voters. Peter Gibson, the MP for Darlington, said getting Channel migrant crossings under control would be key, telling The Telegraph: “It is absolutely something that we’re going to be judged on and … Read more

Majority have no confidence in Rishi Sunak’s ability to solve migrant boats crisis

Prof Matt Goodwin, a pollster, said: “This week Rishi Sunak identified resolving the small boats crisis as a priority for his government in 2023. But our numbers show he has an enormous amount of work to do. “Most voters have no confidence in the Government on this issue, which we should remember is the third … Read more

Almost 46,000 migrants crossed Channel in 2022

The number of arrivals per month began to drop towards the end of last year, which could reflect changes in the amount of crossings being attempted as a result of the weather. No crossings were recorded for the last six days of 2022 amid bad conditions. In December, 1,745 people made the journey – slightly … Read more

Nobody likes the Rwanda scheme, but controlling migration demands tough choices

If you attended a church service over Christmas, the chances are you’ll have heard some reference to asylum-seekers. Sermons about refugees are as much a part of our seasonal traditions as the solo at the start of “Once in Royal David’s City”. This year, the High Court having just ruled that we may deport illegal … Read more

‘Sceptical’ voters believe Brexit has triggered surge in immigration from EU, polls show

Stopping the Channel crossings has been a key priority of Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, who has described the UK’s existing asylum system as “broken”. Mr Sunak set out a detailed plan to curb both illegal migration in the Commons last week, while he and Ms Braverman received a major boost on … Read more

Forgive my ‘predictable leftie rant’ on asylum, says Archbishop of York

The Archbishop of York has said that Britain must become more “compassionate” towards asylum seekers, in a piece of writing he acknowledges will be deemed a “predictable rant from another leftie”. The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell waded into the debate surrounding the Government’s policy on asylum seekers and refugees saying that “as a nation we … Read more

Sack Suella Braverman if you want to win election, Nimco Ali tells Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak should sack Suella Braverman if he wants to win the next general election, an outgoing government adviser has said. Nimco Ali accused the Home Secretary of “normalising” the politics of Nigel Farage with her “crazy rhetoric” on small boat crossings. A close friend of Carrie Johnson, Ms Ali was brought in two years … Read more

Suella Braverman urges Rishi Sunak to go further on immigration

It is thought the policy would increase the number of deportations because judges would not block them on human rights grounds and could help clear the backlog of more than 148,000 asylum seekers waiting for their claims to be processed. UK courts are not automatically bound by rulings from the ECHR, but they are required … Read more

Boris Johnson challenges Rishi Sunak to defy European judges over Rwanda deportations

Other co-sponsors of the Bill include Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nadine Dorries, home affairs select committee member Tim Loughton and six other MPs. If any MP from an opposition party formally opposes the Bill, it will immediately be put to a vote, meaning Mr Sunak will have to decide whether to whip his MPs into backing it. … Read more