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Home Secretary Priti Patel flees Commons to avoid questions about Jamaica deportations

Home Secretary Priti Patel made a fast exit out of the House of Commons this afternoon, to avoid questions from MPs about a controversial government deportation flight to Jamaica.

An Urgent Question was granted to David Lammy this afternoon, which allowed MPs to question Home Office ministers about their decision to press forward with the deportations.

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The Tories plan to deport 50 people to Jamaica this week, and Patel has insisted all those on the flight are foreign citizens who have committed serious or persistent offences.

However, opposition MPs like Lammy have highlighted that some of the individuals have been living in the UK since they were children. Concerned that the government is set to repeat the mistakes of the Windrush scandal, where UK citizens were forcefully deported, MPs have called for the government to pause the flight until a review into Windrush is published.

These concerns clearly weren’t enough to retain the attention of Priti Patel, however. The Home Secretary departed the Commons chamber while Lammy was presenting his opening question – leaving her duties to Immigration Minister Kevin Foster.

A remarkable level of contempt. Even for a Tory.

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