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Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The problem is that the Home Secretary’s response is too little and too late. We should all back the commissioner to take urgently needed action in the Met, but confidence in the Met has dropped sharply and confidence has also dropped nationally. The system for national standards that the Home Secretary presides over is far too weak, with no proper regulations or requirements and no proper...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add: “this House, while affirming support for securing the UK’s borders, reforming the broken asylum system and ending dangerous small boat crossings, declines to give a Second Reading to the Illegal Migration Bill because the Bill fails to meet its core objectives, lacks any effective measures to...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I will give way to the hon. Member if he will now support our proposals for a cross-border police unit to go after the criminal gangs.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: Immigration law is important, but the problem is that, at the moment, a huge amount of immigration law is not even enforced. There has been an 80% drop in the number of people who have been unsuccessful in the asylum system and been returned—an 80% drop since the Conservatives came to office. At the same time, our asylum system, under the Tories, is in total chaos. Only 1% of last year’s...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The former Prime Minister and former Home Secretary is experienced enough to know that that is not an accurate characterisation of what happened. By the time the Labour Government left office, the backlog of initial decisions was just a few thousand. Now it is 160,000, and in fact it has trebled in the past few years as a result of the complete failure of the Conservatives.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I will give way to the former Prime Minister; she and I have asked each other questions for so many years that I have to let her do so again.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The important point that the former Prime Minister addresses is that in the late ’90s there was an issue about what had happened with the Bosnian refugee crisis and many others. In fact, it was the action that the last Labour Government took that got a grip of the system and addressed some of the challenges. We took action to make sure that we could have both border security and a system...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right that the Conservatives have to take responsibility for 13 years in government—13 years in which we have seen refugees left in limbo, even though they have fled persecution and conflict. Those who are not refugees and have no right to be here are never returned; there has been an 80% drop in returns of unsuccessful asylum seekers. At the same time, there has been a...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right. Those are damning words that we have heard from the Board of Deputies and many other organisations on the impact this legislation will have. At the heart of the Bill, there is a con. The Prime Minister has pledged that anyone who arrives in the UK without the right papers will be detained and swiftly removed, “no ifs, no buts”. But where to? Not to France, because...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The Immigration Minister shakes his head, but he said in a statement in December in this House that the initial promise was to receive 200 people and the further preparations had not been made.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I give way first to my hon. Friend.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend makes an important point. In order to have co-operation on return agreements, on alternative arrangements for processing or on any of those things, there must be proper standards in place, and other countries must respect those standards if they are to make agreements with us. Therefore, pulling away from the European convention on human rights makes those agreements more...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I will give way to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) and then to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Paul Holmes).

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I think it adds to the chaos within this piece of legislation that the Government have not worked out what they want to do. As a consequence, they are undermining our reputation as the kind of country that stands up for the rule of law and leads the way in expecting other countries to follow the law and to do their bit as well.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I give way to the hon. Member for Eastleigh, who has been patient. I will then make some progress before I take further interventions, because I am conscious of the time.

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: Indeed, I am very happy to. I hope the hon. Member will support our proposal for a cross-border police unit to go after the criminal gangs and bring up those convictions, which have totally collapsed on the Conservatives’ watch. I hope too that he will support our proposals for a fast track for Albania and other safe countries, which Ministers are not doing. [Interruption.] This is...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman should have put that question to the Home Secretary, because he appears to disagree with his own Conservative Government’s policy and to be off on another bit of freelancing for himself, further undermining any possibility of getting international agreements, whether on returns or on anything else. He is planning to make it even harder to get the kinds of returns...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The right hon. Member is just kidding himself if he thinks that any of the Government’s plan is actually going to happen, or if he thinks it is actually going to work. Clause 9 deals with what happens to all of the people who cannot be returned—the tens of thousands of people who, according to the Government, are expected to arrive after 7 March. It says that the Home Office will provide...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: As the hon. Member knows, the majority of people who are seeking asylum and arrive in France stay in France, rather than seeking to travel to the UK. However, we believe that we should be seeking to get a returns agreement with France, alongside new arrangements on issues such as family reunion, but at the moment, the Government have so undermined their relationship with France and other...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right, and the Children’s Commissioner is appalled by some of the measures in the Bill and the lack of consultation, too. Remember those hundreds of children missing from asylum hotels, who have almost certainly been picked up by the smuggler and trafficking gangs? This Bill makes it even harder to get those kids back, and it makes it even easier for those gangs to...


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