Tories claim Gordon Brown promise of deporting foreign criminals is sham
Tags: Jack Straw, Gordon Brown, Edward Leigh
7th September 2009: Government’s policy on foreign prisoners has again come under fire. Nearly three months after a section of the UK MPs said priority was being given to the deportation of foreign national prisoners instead of removal of failed asylum seekers, the government is again facing criticism.
This time the Tories have come down heavily on Prime Minister Gordon Brown, claiming that his promise of deporting foreign criminals is nothing but sham.
The assertion follows the surfacing of reports that three foreign murderers had been set free from life sentences within a year without they being deported to their native countries.
It scathing criticism soon after Mr Brown in this year’s Building Britain’s Future plan assured "automatic deportation" for foreign nationals sentenced to a year or more.
In response to a parliamentary question, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said one of the three convicts discharged from mandatory life sentences imposed for murder in 2007 was even required to put up in a probation hostel after release.
The same year Mr Brown had claimed during Labour’s annual conference that immigrants caught in drugs or guns racket would be thrown out of the UK.
Tory chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Edward Leigh said: "Giving priority to the removal of foreign national prisoners has reduced the amount of detention space available for failed asylum applicants. The result is that few failed asylum applicants are yet being removed from the UK under the new asylum model.
The committee said it was important to ensure enough detention spaces were available for failed asylum seekers, so they could be "removed from the UK expeditiously once their case was decided".