Sunak told ‘enough is enough’ as Tory MP demands he deports illegal migrants now

PMQs: Rishi Sunak grilled on asylum seekers by Jill Mortimer

Tensions on the Tory backbenches over the failure to stop illegal migrants coming into Britain exploded today as an MP told Rishi Sunak that “enough is enough!”

In a dramatic intervention during PMQs, Hartlepool MP Jill Mortimer got up and told Mr Sunak that one of her constituents was murdered on Sunday by a so-called asylum seeker stuck in a hotel in the town.

She demanded that the Prime Minister get the illegal migrants out of her constituency without hesitation as she tried to contain her anger over the continued crisis.

As the House audibly hushed for her question, Ms Mortimer said: “On Sunday Terrence Carney, a 70-year-old Hartlepudlian, was murdered by an asylum seeker.

“People are afraid and angry.”

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She went on: “Every week my office is besieged by asylum seekers, my staff are intimidated by young men.

“The fact is most of them are illegal migrants who should be expelled.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with Mr Carney’s family and friends as are all my constituents affected by this heinous crime.

“However, sympathy is not enough. They deserve action and I am demanding it.

“Will the Prime Minister take action? Will he make sure enforcement is delivered? Will he ensure that people who have no right to be here are expelled?”

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With pro-open borders Labour and SNP MPs audibly complaining in the background and calls of “here! here!” from the Tory benches, Ms Mortimer added: “Enough is enough! I want these people out of Hartlepool now!”

The intervention reflected growing fury on the Tory backbenches, especially in northern and midlands Red Wall seats, that the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Suella Braverman still have not stopped the boats.

New laws to allow easier deportations have come in, and a deal has been struck with Albania to stop fake asylum seekers from that country but the Rwanda deportation flights are still stuck in the courts.

Mr Sunak is also under heavy pressure to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) to prevent the Strasbourg court and foreign judges from blocking UK legislation on the issue.

In the 12-month period ending June 30 this year official figures say 52,530 illegal migrants crossed the Channel on small boats from France.

Responding to Ms Mortimer, the Prime Minister said: “As my honourable friend knows I am unable to comment on cases which are currently before the court.

“Can I join her in expressing my sympathies to families affected?

“I would like to reassure her that this government is doing everything we can to tackle illegal migration and the harm it causes by removing those with no right to be here in the UK.

“We have excellent, longstanding relationships to return people to many countries.

“We are returning thousands more people than we have done in the past.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure it is this government who decides who come here and not criminal gangs.”

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