Politicians ‘informing on migrants’
MPS MUST immediately be stopped from informing on migrants who ask them for help to government officials, charities have demanded.
Information was passed to the Home Office 73 times during 2017, department records show.
More than 100 MPs signed up to a campaign pledging not to hand over details about those who contact them for advice.
Critics said MPs had a duty to represent electors, not illegal immigrants.
But charities have called on Commons Speaker John Bercow to take swift action to stop all MPs from informing on constituents, warning the “integrity and reputation” of Parliament is at risk.
In a letter, human rights organisations including Liberty, Doctors of the World and the Migrant Rights Network, said: “Many of those reported will have been vulnerable migrants, approaching their MP in the hope of getting support for their immigration cases.
“Instead of finding assistance, care and discretion, the conduct expected of an MP, these individuals are having their trust betrayed.”