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‘Tories must act now for pity’s sake or more will tragically die in Channel’

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are pushing ahead with the flawed Nationality and Borders Bill instead of taking a moment to reflect on the fact their own impact assessment states it could push people into taking even-more-dangerous journeys to the UK

Johnson to ‘accelerate’ border crackdown after deaths in Channel

A mum-to-be and three children were among the 27 people who died trying to cross the Channel in a flimsy dinghy.

This dreadful tragedy should be a moment for the Government to reflect on whether its approach is working.

But instead of asking how they can prevent more lives being lost, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are pushing ahead with the flawed Nationality and Borders Bill.

The Government’s own impact assessment states the proposed measures, far from acting as a deterrent, could push people into taking even-more-dangerous journeys to the UK.

At the moment there are no safe routes for those seeking asylum here. Ministers have still not brought in the scheme they promised for people escaping persecution in Afghanistan.

At the same time they have closed down the Syrian settlement programme and the Dubs scheme to help unaccompanied children.

There is a need for France to do more and for tougher action against people smugglers.

But the Government must also offer a more compassionate route for those in genuine need or there will only be more lives tragically lost.

Have a heart

We know defibrillators can make the difference between life and death.

That is why the Mirror is campaigning for them to be available in all public spaces.

But as our research shows today, if you live in a prosperous neighbourhood you are three times more likely to have access to one of these machines than if you live in a deprived area.

Chances of surviving a heart attack should not depend on your address or the size of your bank balance.

Ministers must require defibrillators to be available in every part of the country.

Danger in store

Shoppers will today be dashing out to snap up Black Friday bargains.

But in the rush for the best buys, please be considerate to others. We don’t want it to be black-and-blue Friday.



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