Cripping staff cuts, imposed first by the Coalition government and now by the Conservatives, mean our borders are not being protected properly [Image: ITV News.]

Cripping staff cuts, imposed first by the Coalition government and now by the Conservatives, mean our borders are not being protected properly [Image: ITV News.]

Remember this Vox Political article, published after it was revealed that Border Force could not do its job because of “crippling” staff shortages?

This is the organisation which tries to protect the UK’s borders from illegal immigration and smuggling – and Theresa May has been systematically weakening it for years.

Now read this:

Andy Burnham has criticised the home secretary for preparing to make “damaging cuts” to the UK’s border force.

The shadow home secretary accused Theresa May of trying to hide budget reductions to the force, which carries out immigration and customs checks.

Burnham said cuts were expected to the force’s budget for the coming financial year, which has not yet been released, and blamed what he called “George Osborne’s botched spending review and budget”.

In a letter to May he said he was “worried that you are about to make a very serious mistake with respect to the resourcing of UK border security”.

Next time anyone complains to you about illegal immigration, tell them to blame Theresa May and the Tories.

They talk tough but leave us defenceless.

Source: Andy Burnham accuses government of hiding border force cuts | UK news | The Guardian

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