Minister defends threats over Yarl’s Wood hunger strike | The Guardian

Caroline Nokes: It appears she has higher regard for horses than humans.

The immigration minister has defended the “punitive action” of handing women on hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre official letters warning them they could face accelerated deportation if they continue with their protest.

Caroline Nokes confirmed that the threat of accelerated deportations was part of official Home Office policy after being challenged in the Commons by the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, who said the letters “sound like punitive deportations for women who have dared to go on hunger strike”.

Abbott raised the hunger strike in an urgent question in the Commons after visiting the detention centre in Bedfordshire last month. She said her visit with the shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, had coincided with the protest over “inhumane conditions” in the centre.

Source: Minister defends threats over Yarl’s Wood hunger strike | UK news | The Guardian

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2 Thoughts to “Minister defends threats over Yarl’s Wood hunger strike | The Guardian”

  1. Not a lot of change then since they were force feeding the Suffragettes?

  2. john thatcher

    The Tories are becoming increasingly indifferent to criticism of their inhumane actions in various policy areas,this is one particularly unpleasant example.I suspect the calculation is that if they can get Labour to make a fuss over it,it will upset the Kipper tendency among Labour voters!

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