Braverman struggles to cling on as Tory MP swipes that migrant camp chaos might be ‘deliberate’

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London, Oct 31

Suella Braverman is under fresh pressure over the Channel migrant crisis and security breaches on Monday - with a Tory MP swiping that chaos in Kent might have been caused 'deliberately' by the ministers, a media report said.

The UK Home Secretary is also facing demands to come to the Commons to explain using her personal email to send sensitive government information to a backbench ally, Daily Mail reported.

Meanwhile, she is in the spotlight over conditions at the Manston migrant processing centre, after reports of overcrowding and outbreaks of disease.

Veteran MP Roger Gale, who represents North Thanet, suggested the Home Office actively decided not to book more hotel space to stop arrivals from staying at the reception centre too long.

There are claims that officials are now looking at booking individual rooms for migrants to ease the pressure, rather than blocking out entire hotels, Daily Mail reported.

Other MPs have criticised France for failing to stop small boats attempting the crossing, while an ex-borders chief suggested mooring a cruise ship in the middle of the Channel where people can be accommodated.

Concern has been growing over the conditions of migrants being held in a while waiting to be processed once they arrive in the UK, and after one of the sites in Dover was firebombed over the weekend.

So far this year, close to 40,000 people have made the treacherous journey from France, crossing the world's busiest shipping lanes in dinghies and other small boats, provisional government figures show.

Gale said he believes it was a decision taken by the Home Secretary, but is not sure whether it was Priti Patel or Suella Braverman.

Sources close to Patel distanced themselves from the problems, arguing that overcrowding was not as bad before.

"Priti was signing off hotels in the summer - despite how unpalatable it was politically - because it's the right thing to do,' one source said, Daily Mail reported.


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