Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:12 pm on 2nd May 2018.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary 2:12 pm, 2nd May 2018

I am conscious that a number of hon. Members want to contribute to the debate, therefore I am anxious to make progress.

So given that the Prime Minister knew so much about the target regime, we have to wonder, when she heard the various denials from the former Home Secretary, did she not think to correct the record, or at least advise the then Home Secretary accurately to correct the record? Why did she not do that?

The Prime Minister’s record and her responsibility are clear. We have had go-home vans; the “deport first, appeal later” policy; targets for removals and for unsuccessful immigration appeals; protections against—