It’s not clear what Priti Patel, the home secretary, must have been thinking when she allowed Yvette Cooper, Labour MP and chair of the Home Affairs Committee, to visit the places used to hold asylum seekers in Kent.
Conditions were found to be “shocking”, according to the stiff subsequent letter from Ms Cooper to Ms Patel.
In any case, it is no way to treat human beings. The descriptions of overcrowded, unsuitable and inadequate facilities ring all too true because of what is already known about the various ex-army barracks used to house asylum seekers and the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
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