Tory MP says every Russian living in Britain should be ‘sent home’

Roger Gale accepted there would be ‘collateral damage’ from the move

Jon Stone
Policy Correspondent
Monday 28 February 2022 14:37
Comments
<p>The MP called for visas to be revoked for holders of Russian passports</p>

The MP called for visas to be revoked for holders of Russian passports

Every Russian citizen living in the UK should be expelled and "sent home" a Conservative MP has said.

Roger Gale, the MP for North Thanet in Kent, argued that visas should be rescinded for "everybody" with Russian nationality on account of the invasion of Ukraine.

Sir Roger accepted that this would mean kicking out "good and honest" people – but argued that "collateral damage" was necessary to send a message to Vladimir Putin.

It comes amid debate about what sanctions should be imposed on Russia in the wake of Mr Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and how best to help Ukrainian refugees.

Speaking during an interview on talkRADIO Sir Roger said: “Well, I’m sorry, my view is that we should send a very clear message and rescind all the visas for Russian citizens currently extant in the United Kingdom and send everybody home."

Asked by the show's presenter whether he meant "every Russian", the North Thanet MP replied: "Well there's going to be some collateral damage because there are good and honest and decent Russians in this country, working in all sorts of spheres."

Sir Roger added that the UK could and should not "pick and choose", telling the broadcaster: "What we've got to do, I'm afraid, is send a very harsh message through the Russian people to Putin."

"The only way this message is going to get through – and it may seem facile to say we're not going to play you at football there - but for the ordinary Russian these things do actually matter."

His comments come after Conservative MP and foreign affairs select committee chair Tom Tugendhat last week suggested that Britain could "expel Russian citizens, all of them".

The government has not said it has plans to impose blanket sanctions on Russian passport holders. Instead sanctions have targeted Russian elites, companies, financial institutions with restrictive measures.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in