Bryant: Reinforce UK Border Force staff

Chris Bryant, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister has backed the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendation to reappraise the appropriate level of UK Border Force staff.

Reacting to the Committee’s report into the UK Border Force, Mr. Bryant said: “Recent queues at our ports have been unacceptable and the Government has presided over an unnecessary shambles of late, with lengthy queues due to lack of staff and poor management from the Government. With the temporary staffing posts in place for the Olympics, which we all hope will be a great success, my concern remains about the long term staffing at our ports.”

He said the country needed to start thinking beyond the Olympics, and “what will happen once all the auxiliary staff have left and permanent Immigration Officers begin to take their annual leave, just as students begin arriving in the UK to begin their studies.”

Mr. Bryant urged the Home Secretary to seriously consider how the Committee’s recommendations can be implemented. “We need to ensure that appropriate staffing levels and security at the border can be maintained, not only for the Olympics but into the future too,” he said.

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