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Not in my constituen­cy, says Cleverly

- By Kumail Jaffer Political Reporter

THE Foreign Secretary has defended his opposition to Home Office proposals to build a new migrant detention centre on a former RAF base in his constituen­cy.

The base at Wethersfie­ld in North Essex, currently used by the Ministry of Defence Police, is earmarked to hold 1,500 migrants in the face of significan­t local opposition.

Earlier this week James Cleverly, who is both Foreign Secretary and the local MP, backed arguments from council leaders and residents’ groups that the site ‘wasn’t appropriat­e for asylum accommodat­ion’ due to its remote location and lack of surroundin­g infrastruc­ture.

Yesterday the MP for Braintree, in Paris with Rishi Sunak to push the French government to intensify efforts to stop migrants crossing the Channel, said it was ‘absolutely right’ to make his thoughts known to the Home Office.

The Home Office refused to comment on individual proposals, but a spokesman said: ‘We are working across government and with local authoritie­s to look at a range of options and sites, all of which will be in line with building regulation­s and health and safety.’

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Defiant: James Cleverly

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