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  • Article: Nov 28, 2021

    On November 24th, at least 27 men, women and children tragically lost their lives seeking safety in the UK.

    The appalling truth is that these deaths could - and should - have been prevented. People only risk their lives crossing the channel in such dangerous conditions when there are no safe routes available.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2021

    NORTH EAST LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Liberal Democrats in the North East have unanimously supported calls to oppose the imminent re-opening of the former Medomsley/Hassockfield detention centre at Medomsley, near Consett, as an Immigration Removal Centre for an estimated 80 or more women.

    The North East Liberal Democrats recent Regional Party Conference unanimously backed a motion unreservedly condemning the unsuitability of Government plans to reopen the facility at the site of the former Hassockfield Secure Training Centre in coming weeks, citing fundamental human rights concerns about the ethical and legal basis of the Home Office's policy of detention of vulnerable people.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2021

    Today 24TH November 2021, Asylum Matters, in partnership with 18 organisations, has launched a new report, 'Lessons Learned? How Government Contracts Failed People Seeking Asylum, Again,"

    The report looks at the catastrophic impact of another mishandled contract transition by the Home Office, this time for ASPEN cards, which left people seeking asylum without access to their only form of financial support, in some cases for over a month. In the run up to May 2021, when the contracts for these cards were due to change hands between providers, the Home Office was warned repeatedly about the grave impact of getting this transition wrong.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2021

    Responding to the news that several people have died after their boat sank near Calais, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "This is heartbreaking news. People are dying in the Channel because of the Government's total failure to get a grip on this crisis.

    "Priti Patel must stop her pointless posturing and take action to stop these dangerous crossings, by providing safe and legal routes to sanctuary for refugees."

  • Article: Nov 24, 2021

    Detention Action says their campaign to stop offshore detention is getting stronger every day.

    In the last week we've seen:

    • More Conservative MPs rebel by officially opposing offshore detention
    • A massive increase in media coverage of these terrifying plans
    • Priti Patel receiving domestic and international criticism for her attempts to set up offshore detention camps