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Migrants and Hate Crime

Worryingly, there has been a steep rise in hate crimes committed against both EU and non EU workers. This is an appalling state of affairs, and I would urge anyone who witnesses such acts to contact the police. As I’m sure many would agree, the majority of migrant workers that come here do so to work.…

Ending violence against women and girls

I have always been a proud supporter of measures to protect the rights of women and girls internationally and, I must say, the Department for International Development is currently doing some excellent work in this respect. Specifically, DFID’s priorities are to promote girls’ education, tackle violence against women and girls, campaign against Female Genital Mutilation…

Firearms Licensing

Thank you for contacting me about firearms licensing. As you will be aware, the working group was established to improve the arrangements between GPs and the police in relation to information sharing about the medical suitability of firearm certificate holders, with a view to strengthening public safety. Members of the working group are wide ranging,…

Immigration Detention

Thank you for contacting me about immigration detention. The adults at risk in immigration detention policy came into force in September 2016 and was part of the Government’s response to Stephen Shaw’s review of the welfare of vulnerable people in immigration detention. The policy strengthens the existing presumption against detention, and is based on a…

Data Protection Bill and Drones

Thank you for contacting me about the Data Protection Bill. I understand you have concerns about safeguards for data-sharing in the Data Protection Bill, but the Bill provides that the intelligence services can only make transfers outside of the UK when necessary and proportionate for the purposes of the services’ statutory functions. The General Data…

Modern Slavery

Thank you for contacting me about modern slavery. Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery is a top priority for this Government, and I am personally committed to stamping out this abhorrent crime. It is crucial that we provide support for victims of this heinous crime, and I am proud that we already exceed our international…

Asylum System

Thank you for contacting me about support for asylum seekers. I am pleased that the UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection. The Home Office ensures asylum seekers are not left destitute by providing appropriate support. This support is usually provided in the form of free, furnished accommodation,…

Migrant Workers & Right to Strike

Thank you for contacting me about migrants and the right to strike. Having looked into this issue, it is the case that a Tier 2 sponsor is required to report, to the Home Office, any migrant they sponsor who is absent from work for ten or more consecutive working days without permission. This should be…

Public Inquiry into Torture

Thank you for contacting me about a public inquiry into UK complicity in torture and rendition. As you may be aware, the independent Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) recently published two reports examining allegations of UK involvement in mistreatment and rendition. It is important to note the context in which the Government, including the security…

MPs Not Border Guards

Thank you for contacting me about MPs and the Home Office. The Home Office makes millions of decisions each year that profoundly affect peoples’ lives, and for the most part it gets these right. But you are right that recent events have shown that the Home Office needs to give a human face to how…

Police Funding

Thank you for contacting me about police funding. As you may be aware, the responsibility for determining the deployment of resources to manage and respond to crimes and local community priorities rests with Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), operational leaders and local representatives.  I know the Government understands that police demand is changing…

Trafficked Children

Thank you for contacting me about providing support for trafficked children.  I know that the Government is committed to tackling every form of modern slavery, including human trafficking. The Government has secured commitment from other governments and institutions, including the UN, the Commonwealth and the EU, to tackle modern slavery, and has successfully lobbied for…

Immigration Bill

Thank you for contacting me about the Immigration Bill. I object to this Bill and did not vote for it. First, I happen to believe in the free movement of people, and I have yet to hear anybody advance a single argument why the free movement of people has been anything other than good for…

Minimum Income Requirement

This issue was raised in Home Office Questions on the 1st April 2019, you can see the Minister’s response below. Wera HobhouseOver a third of my constituents do not earn enough to sponsor a visa for a family member from outside the EEA. Will the Minister consider revising the minimum income requirement, to provide a…