Ashfield MP Lee Anderson asks Boris Johnson to 'send migrant boats straight back to France'

By Jack Thurlow

Nottinghamshjire MP Lee Anderson has suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson should 'send migrant boats back to France' during a debate in the House of Commons..

Mr Anderson, Conservative MP for Ashfield, made the comments in the House of Commons on Wednesday, September 8, as it was being broadcast on Sky News.

He was speaking on the topic of people smugglers helping illegal immigrants enter the UK via the dangerous journey across the channel from France.

Mr Anderson said: "We have thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants arriving on our shores every month.

"When are we going to take some direct action and send the boats straight back."

The outburst comes a day after Conservative MPs called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to immediately return any migrants who illegally enters the UK by crossing the channel.

PM Boris Johnson said the illegal activity was a "vile trade and a manipulation of peoples hopes."

In his reply the Prime Minister said: "I share the indignation and the frustration of my honourable friend at the cruel behaviour of the gangsters and criminal masterminds who are taking money from desperate frightened people to help them take very dangerous journey across the channel.

"This is a perennial problem that my right honourable friend the home secretary is dealing with it in he best possible way which is to make sure that they don't leave those French shores.

"We depend to a large extent on what the French are doing but clearly as time goes on and this problem continues we are going to have to make sure we use every possible tactic at our disposable to stop what I think is a vile trade and a manipulation of peoples hopes."

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