Fury over a deportation flight is mounting today after Number 10 refused to say how many people on board are non-violent criminals. This morning Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak defended the plan to push on with a flight deporting 50 people to Jamaica despite widespread calls for the jet to be grounded. He insisted those being forcibly removed had committed “very serious offences” and their deportations were “reasonable”. But Downing Street clarified that only some of those on board were “convicted of murder, rape, manslaughter and drug-offences.” And they refused to break the passengers down into violent and non-violent offences. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it was “long-standing Government policy” to deport those with sentences of 12 months or more. And he insisted “all proper checks” are done by Home Office to avoid Windrush style deportations. More than 150 cross-party MPs have called on the Government to halt Tuesday’s flight, which is expected to include a young man who moved to the UK aged five. And a leaked report commissioned by ministers warned the Government that the policy should be reconsidered in all but the “most severe cases”. Mr Sunak said he believes the flight is “right”… Read full this story
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