Politi­cians ‘in­form­ing on mi­grants’

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

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.”

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