Suella Braverman live news: Home Secretary ‘piles chaos on broken asylum system’

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Labor has accused Home Secretary Suella Braverman of piling up “additional delay, cost, chaos and confusion” into an asylum system “already broken down”.

Speaking in the Commons on Monday, Shadow Home Secretary MP Stephen Kinnock said: ‘The Nationality and Borders Act establishes a new category of asylum seekers who the government says are not allowed to seek asylum in Britain and should therefore be returned.

“But because [the government] failed to agree a return deal with France, and because their Rwandan policy is totally unworkable, 16,000 such people have been stuck in limbo waiting another six months for a decision at enormous cost for the British taxpayer.

“So do ministers accept that their own legislation adds further delays, costs, chaos and confusion to an already broken system? he said.

Ms Braverman replied: “Workers are very good at complaining – [but] they have absolutely no solution.

It comes after the Home Secretary signed a £63million deal with France that will see British officers stationed in French control rooms for the first time.

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‘Inspirational’ protests in Iran are ‘an organic response to oppression’, says Cleverly

‘Inspirational’ mass protests against treatment of women in Iran after Mahsa Amini’s death in the custody of vice police are ‘an organic response to oppression by Iranian authorities’, UK Foreign Secretary says .

“This should be taken by the Iranian regime as a warning that it has to change, that it has to reform, that the Iranian people themselves are not happy with the Iranian regime at all,” James Cleverly told MPs of the foreign affairs select committee. .

James Cleverly’s remarks act as a further dismissal of Tehran’s claims that the unrest was ‘engineered’ by its enemies, leading the country last month to impose sanctions on several UK institutions and individuals, including MPs Persians and BBC curators, Stephen Crabb and Tom. Tugendhat.

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Brexit: Plans for costly new tests on goods before sale are suspended in another U-turn

Plans to force UK companies to subject their products to costly new tests before they can go on sale have been scrapped, in another Brexit U-turn.

The new ‘UKCA’ quality label was due to replace the EU’s ‘CE’ badge from January 1 – as a symbol of leaving the bloc – but ministers now accept it would be a ‘burden on business’.

Our Deputy Political Editor Rob Merrick reports:

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UK has ‘difference of opinion’ with Cairo over Abdel-Fattah’s British citizenship, Cleverly says

The UK is still trying to gain consular access to jailed human rights activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, the foreign minister said, adding there was a ‘difference of opinion’ with the Cairo on the validity of his British citizenship, granted last December.

Appearing before MPs on the foreign affairs select committee, James Cleverly said the disagreement centered on Egyptian authorities not accepting that Mr Abdel-Fattah had completed the administrative process in Egypt’s dual nationality system. .

“We will continue to make it clear to the Egyptian authorities that we are interested in this case and we will continue to press for consular access,” he told the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

“We are able to speak regularly and frankly with the Egyptian authorities about this matter.”

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Labor accuses Home Office of ‘racial or religious bias’

A Labor MP has raised allegations of ‘racial or religious bias in the Home Office’ over visitor visa applications.

Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East, said: “According to the Home Office’s own figures, of the total visitor visa applications accepted and rejected, just under 20% were rejected.

“Yet when it comes to people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationality, these numbers suddenly, dramatically and inexplicably increase to 30%. So, does the Minister really expect us to believe that there is no racial or religious bias in the Home Office? »

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick replied: ‘(He) is completely wrong and it is a baseless insult to my Home Office officials.

“All visa applications are based on objective criteria and I would add that there were, in fact, 303,000 visas and permits granted to family members in the year ending June 2022, i.e. 61% more than in 2019.

“So the Home Office is granting a record number of these visas and we’re doing it quite objectively.”

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Tory MP says French migrant deal ‘fails’

A Tory MP told the Home Secretary she believed the ‘modest’ migrant deal reached with France on Monday ‘falls short of what is needed to deal with the scale, to the impact and urgency of Channel crossings”.

Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover, said: “We don’t need more comments, we need action from the French side, because even today, as the ink dried on this new deal, small boats slipped through the sea mist and one even landed on a beach in a coastal residential village in my riding.

Ms Elphicke has asked Suella Braverman to meet her and Kent leaders to discuss the ‘very appalling impact on local services’, adding they have been described as ‘at breaking point’.

Ms Braverman replied: “I’m not going to overstate this deal. This is a very important step forward, I think it provides a very good platform from which deeper collaboration can be secured.

She went on to reiterate the joint work, adding, “Is this going to solve the problem on its own? It won’t, but I encourage everyone to support the deal we’ve reached.

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Michael Gove pledges to block ‘ugly’ new property developments

Michel Gove promised to use his powers to intervene and block new lodging developments if the government deems them too ugly.

The leveling secretary told a London think tank on Monday that he would use his ‘appeal’ powers to stop developments that were not ‘aesthetically high quality’, adding: ‘People don’t want not that ugliness is imposed on them.”

Addressing an audience at the Center for Policy Studies, Mr Gove insisted that the government’s announced reforms to the planning system were not “dead”.

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Ministers have warned against the continuation of ‘populist policies’ by senior Tories

Ministers have been warned against exercising ‘populist politics’ and urged to undertake ‘careful work’ to resolve the migrant crisis by a senior Tory MP.

Sir Roger Gale told the House of Commons: “Eliminating the asylum backlog is one of the keys to solving the whole asylum problem. We need to get on with it and make sure it happens as soon as possible. The other key is to control, of course, the source of the problem.

“I am happy to learn of the measure signed by the Minister of the Interior in Paris this morning. It is a modest step towards solving a much bigger problem.

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Exclusive: Thousands of NHS workers are not paid enough to live on, according to new figures

Thousands of NHS workers are not being paid enough to live on, new figures have revealed, as employers have been urged to fulfill their ‘moral’ duty to pay staff a living wage.

Living Wage Foundation figures shared exclusively with The Independent, show that only 24 out of 219 NHS trusts are genuine living wage accredited employers, meaning they offer all staff at least £10.90 an hour. In London, only 13 of the city’s 34 NHS trusts are accredited.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and an NHS CEO David Bradley have urged the city’s NHS trusts to pay a living wage to all, while the Unite union said it was a “scandal” that so many in the capital had not offered it.

Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas reports:

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