A Tory MP has been criticised for making a pretty grim comment about missing asylum-seeking children.
During PMQs on Wednesday, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq raised a query after it was revealed 200 children have gone missing from Home Office hotels.
She asked the prime minister Rishi Sunak: "Ministers have admitted that they no idea of the whereabouts of these children. Does he still think the UK is a safe haven for vulnerable children?”
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Conservative MP Jonathan Gullis then reportedly heckled: “Well they shouldn’t have come here illegally”.“
MP Peter Kyle posted about the incident on Twitter:
\u201cTulip Sadiq asks the prime minister about the welfare of 200 unaccompanied migrant children who\u2019ve gone missing.\n\nTory MP Jonathan Gullis heckles \u2018well they shouldn\u2019t have come here illegally\u2019.\n\nJust when you think you\u2019ve heard it all, the Tory Party find a new low \n\n#PMQs\u201d— Peter Kyle MP (@Peter Kyle MP) 1674650030
Gullis later defended his comments. The MP for Stoke-On-Trent North told The Independent that “Labour’s open door approach to illegal migration shows they’re out of touch with the public.”
He said the party was “out of ideas on migration”, adding: “I fully support the prime minister in stopping migrants claiming asylum who have entered the UK illegally, deporting them to safe third world countries like Rwanda instead, and smash apart the vile smuggling gangs.”
Robert Jenrick, minister for immigration, told the Commons on Tuesday that the government were working with local authorities to track down the missing children, but MPs raised concerns that “nothing is happening” to find those being kidnapped by gangs.
More than 4,600 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been housed in hotels since July 2021, but 440 have gone missing during that time, Mr Jenrick revealed.
Some 200 children are still unaccounted for, and around 88 per cent of those are of Albanian origin.
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