John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, has been pressing Home Office Ministers over the use of a second hotel in the city to house asylum seekers. He has also written to the Home Secretary demanding a number of answers to concerns he and his constituents have.
“I met with Robert Jenrick, the Minister for Immigration, today about the issue of asylum accommodation in the city.
I passed on the huge concerns that many in the city have about the appropriateness of the site location and other issues related to the decision.
It is important that we get clarity on the details of the proposals and accommodation.
People in Carlisle are welcoming and want to do what they can to help people in need – but there is a sense that problems at the border are being foisted on different parts of the country without proper engagement.
Ultimately, the channel crossings need to be dealt with now – this is what I have told the Minister.”