Lifeboat crew on training course gets shown the door by bosses to make way for asylum seekers
A lifeboat crew on a training course was kicked out of a hotel midway through their stay to make way for homeless migrants.
Four members of the RNLI were turfed out of the three-star hotel in Hoylake, Merseyside, without notice on Tuesday.
They came back to find their bags packed and left in the foyer after taking part in a hovercraft training session on nearby mudflats.
A source said: ‘The irony is off the scale. These migrants were picked up in the Channel by members of Border Force and volunteers from the RNLI. Now some of those volunteers, literally on a course to improve the ways they can save lives at sea, have been kicked out of their hotel by the very people they’re training to rescue.’
The migrants were driven to the hotel from the crisis-hit overcrowded Manston asylum processing facility in Kent, more than 300 miles away.
The lifeboat crew came back to find their bags packed and left in the foyer after taking part in a hovercraft training session on nearby mudflats
The RNLI crew members – one volunteer and three staff – are now staying in a different hotel eight miles away in Liverpool.
The Hoylake hotel is the latest to be identified to house asylum seekers. Sources said councillors were ‘left in the dark’ about the plans.
It is understood that the local authority was notified on Monday that the premises, which has more than 50 rooms, had been commissioned by the Home Office and government contractor Serco to house migrants.
It comes amid chaotic scenes across the country as immigration staff desperately try to find accommodation for the thousands of migrants crossing the Channel every week.
Jenni Halliday, Serco’s contract director for asylum accommodation services, said: ‘With the significant increases in the number of people arriving in the UK we have been faced with no alternative but to temporarily accommodate some asylum seekers in hotels. These hotels are only used as a last resort.’
Elsewhere, women fleeing domestic abuse could be next to find themselves displaced after a High Court ruling yesterday.
A judge suspended an injunction which had prevented a hotel from housing asylum seekers.
The migrants were driven to the hotel from the crisis-hit overcrowded Manston asylum processing facility in Kent, more than 300 miles away
The court heard that Stoke-on-Trent City Council opposed the Home Office’s plan to book all 88 rooms in the historic North Stafford Hotel because it was a breach of planning rules and prevented the council from using it for vulnerable locals.
The council wrote to the Home Office in September expressing its concerns at the plan.
‘In addition to this, it was the location used by the city council to accommodate low risk homeless families with children and women fleeing domestic abuse, who will now be displaced as this arrangement has been ended by the hotel as a direct result of the Home Office proposal,’ the letter read.
The judge, Mr Justice Linden, refused to extend the injunction until a final hearing, which is expected to take place in December, meaning the hotel can be used to house migrants immediately.
In his ruling, he said: ‘I take into account the perspective of the citizens of Stoke-on-Trent but hope they would appreciate the potential suffering of the asylum seekers is no small matter when one considers the circumstances in which they have come.’
The city was one of four local authorities to take legal action against hotels being block-booked for migrants.
A council spokesman said: ‘We are obviously disappointed that we were unsuccessful in seeking a continuance of the interim injunction to restrain the use of a local hotel as a hostel by accommodating asylum seekers.
‘The city has a long tradition of supporting asylum seekers, having been an asylum dispersal area over three decades.’
Listen to the woke BBC and you’d think voters want our borders flung open
By Matt Goodwin
If you have listened to the BBC this week, then you might be under the impression that much of the country want to see our borders flung open.
On its flagship Today programme on Radio 4 yesterday, listeners heard an interview with a migrant who had been housed at Manston processing centre in Kent in which the living conditions were described by the reporter as akin to a ‘prison camp’.
‘We can’t go to the toilet, we can’t take a shower… we don’t have any clothes,’ the man claimed, talking about the suffering he has endured.
There is no doubt that Manston is failing as it faces an overwhelming surge in arrivals. But what was lacking in that Today item was any sense of perspective. No discussion of the impact that the 40,000-odd asylum seekers who have crossed the Channel this year have on our already overstretched resources.
Another BBC politics show this week described the intensifying migrant crisis as a ‘culture war’, as if wanting controlled borders is a confected issue not worthy of serious attention.
If you have listened to the BBC this week, then you might be under the impression that much of the country want to see our borders flung open
Yet the BBC’s virtue signallers have actually got it all wrong. New polling by my firm People Polling shows that 60 per cent of people think the Government has lost control of Britain’s borders. And that the vast majority of Brits also reject the idea that those arriving on small boats should be allowed to stay.
All of this speaks to a deeper point. In 2016, the British people voted resoundingly to Take Back Control of a broken immigration system.
Six years on – and with the daily hotel bill for housing immigrants now topping £6.8million – many will be asking: what, if anything, has changed?
The Establishment has, of course, never forgiven Brexiteers for the result of the referendum, and continues to do its best to thwart an independent Britain. But it is also true that our political class has consistently over-promised and under-delivered.
And the problem is that people won’t put up with it for much longer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, when my firm asked voters which leader they think would best manage the crisis on our beaches, the most popular answer was ‘none of them’ followed by Nigel Farage, the former Brexit Party leader who was among the first to highlight the problem many years ago.
This should ring alarm bells in No10. For unless the Prime Minister and his Conservative government get a grip of this crisis, unless they ignore the shrieking media – propped up by the hard-Left on Twitter and the Establishment Blob – and listen to what voters up and down this country really want, the Tories will suffer a wipeout at the next election.
On its flagship Today programme on Radio 4 yesterday, listeners heard an interview with a migrant who had been housed at Manston processing centre in Kent in which the living conditions were described by the reporter as akin to a ‘prison camp’
So what is the solution?
Well, if Rishi Sunak is serious about this then I would tell him to prioritise the following four things immediately.
Firstly, he should strive to strike a new deal with the French to help them smash the Albanian gangs in northern France who are responsible for much of the illicit boat trade.
So far this year, the French have broken more than 50 people smuggling rings. We need to help them to break more but we also need to hold them to account when they fail to deliver value on the tens of millions of pounds we have been giving them in recent years.
Secondly, Sunak should turn up the volume on the current deterrent by striking more Rwanda-style deals, making it clear if people travel through other safe countries to come to Britain they will be sent elsewhere to be processed.
Many readers will recall the Rwanda plan – the brainchild of former home secretary Priti Patel – has already been stifled. In June an anonymous judge from the European Court of Human Rights signed off an 11th-hour injunction grounding a jet that had been due to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda, despite UK courts ruling that the flight could go ahead.
This should ring alarm bells in No10. For unless the Prime Minister and his Conservative government get a grip of this crisis, unless they ignore the shrieking media – propped up by the hard-Left on Twitter and the Establishment Blob – and listen to what voters up and down this country really want, the Tories will suffer a wipeout at the next election
That is why, thirdly, the PM must be pushing back much harder against this dead hand of Europe that continues to loom large. In our poll, we found that only 14 per cent of the country think judges in Strasbourg should be able to override decisions over borders made in British courts. If necessary, Mr Sunak must be prepared to leave the ECHR altogether.
Fourthly, he must create a bespoke route for the immediate deportation of the rapidly rising number of Albanians entering Britain illegally. Reports immigration minister Robert Jenrick plans to ‘fast-track’ the removal of migrants who have no right to stay are promising.
For Albania, remember, is not a war-torn country. It is a peaceful state that is even in talks to join the European Union and abides by the same modern slavery laws as Britain.
Over the last two years the number of Albanians arriving in Britain by small boats has rocketed from just 50 to 12,000, with 10,000 of them being single, working-age men. Many of these people are not fleeing war or persecution; they are making bogus asylum claims.
One Home Office official told parliament this week, while a staggering 2 per cent of Albania’s adult male population has come to the UK in small boats, many are put in touch with Albanian gangs in the UK who are involved in organised crime, drug smuggling, prostitution and violence.
Many readers will recall the Rwanda plan – the brainchild of former home secretary Priti Patel – has already been stifled
Following Liz Truss’s disastrous spell in office, Sunak will have his work cut out to fend off Labour at the next election. Retaining Boris Johnson’s 2019 majority seems nearly unimaginable. But he has to try
The British people are not stupid. They see this scam for what it is. In our poll, more than 60 per cent said they want Albanians who arrive across the Channel to be put on a plane and returned home directly.
The conversation on the BBC and elsewhere will tell you nothing of the sort. But as they ruthlessly march on in their biased pursuit of the ‘progressive’ and the woke, the PM and his Home Secretary must hold firm.
A tough line on this crisis will be well received by the majority of the British public who are good-hearted, tolerant and welcoming but simply now feel that they are being taken for a ride.
Following Liz Truss’s disastrous spell in office, Sunak will have his work cut out to fend off Labour at the next election. Retaining Boris Johnson’s 2019 majority seems nearly unimaginable. But he has to try.
Sir Keir Starmer has shown time and again he has no plan to deal with immigration. The PM must prove he is different.
He must find the strength to stare down the mob and deliver to the British people the strong and controlled national borders they are crying out for. If he doesn’t, they’ll show him at the ballot box what they think of such weakness.
Professor Matt Goodwin is the author of National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. A nationally representative poll of 1,212 adults was conducted by People Polling.