Just Stop Oil set to unleash campaign of Christmas chaos targeting central London roads

Officials in the Department for Transport are also examining whether “beefed up” injunctions could be sought to limit the disruption. National Highways successfully applied for injunctions during the previous round of protests on the M25 and Government figures believe a similar approach could help blunt the impact of the demonstrations. But a Whitehall source admitted … Read more

Foreign students and their dependents could face curbs as net migration hits half a million

Other options could include a clamp down on students exploiting the two-year graduate visas to remain in the UK doing low-skilled work and increasing the salary threshold for skilled workers, which has not been uprated in line with inflation. Mrs Braverman said the Government remained committed to reducing migration “over time,” acknowledging the current level … Read more

Migrant housed at Manston detention centre dies

Manston is designed to hold arrivals in the UK for 24 hours, but some migrants were reportedly held there for up to 32 days amid a backlog in the processing of asylum applications. The backlog has been exacerbated by an increased number of asylum applications, antiquated IT systems, high staff turn-over, and too few staff, according … Read more

New scheme will see 3,000 Indians granted UK visas every year

Britons will also get visas as part of the reciprocal agreement, which officials said would be a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a professional and cultural exchange”. Mr Sunak said: “The Indo-Pacific is increasingly crucial for our security and our prosperity. It is teeming with dynamic and fast-growing economies, and the next decade will … Read more

France pledges to stop more migrant boats leaving for UK

France has resisted British appeals to allow Border Force officers to join French patrols on the beach because of concerns over sovereignty but has now agreed to a “joint control centre” where British immigration officials will be stationed. “They will be able to work more closely together with their French counterparts and will be able … Read more

Harmondsworth: Detainees who caused disturbance at London immigration centre ‘will be held to account’

A group of armed detainees behind the “violence and disorder” at a west London immigration centre during a power outage will be held to account, a minister has said. No one was injured during the “disturbance” overnight at Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow Airport, according to immigration minister Robert Jenrick. Electricity issues began on Friday … Read more

Migrants abandoned at Victoria station due to ‘massive’ Home Office error, charity worker claims

A Home Office worker admitted a “massive error” had been made after asylum seekers were left at a central London station without accommodation after being taken out of the processing centre at Manston, a charity volunteer has said. A group of 11 men were driven to the capital from Kent on Tuesday as part of … Read more

Give our young people visas if you want to fix the migrant crisis, Albania tells Britain

He faced a Tory backlash over the use of hotels for migrants as MPs and councillors warned services were at “breaking point.” At least four councils have taken legal action to prevent the Home Office block booking hotels for migrants from the “catastrophically overcrowded” Manston processing centre in Kent. On Wednesday night, Mr Jenrick revealed … Read more

Suella Braverman faces backlash for trying to solve migrant crisis ‘only by talking tough’

The migrant crisis cannot be solved with rhetoric alone, Suella Braverman was warned on Tuesday as Tory MPs began to turn on her. The Home Secretary came under fire from her own colleagues who lashed out at her for “talking tough” about the migrant crisis but failing to follow through with action. MPs also criticised … Read more

NHS will be ‘prioritised’ in return for reform, says No 10

Conservative backbenchers have rallied round Suella Braverman. Royston Smith, the MP for Southampton Itchen, told his Twitter followers: “If we continue to allow the media and the opposition to dictate who should and should not be in office, we don’t deserve to be in government.” Marco Longhi, the MP for Dudley North, said “many choose … Read more