Sajid Javid battles through chastening fortnight

Mail Online | 12/29/2018 | Glen Owen;Martin Beckford for The Mail on Sunday
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For an ambitious politician hoping to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister, the past fortnight has been a chastening experience for Sajid Javid.

First came the debacle of the closure of Gatwick airport following a series of drone sightings and the arrest of an innocent couple.

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Now he has had to abandon a luxury family holiday to return to London after his own MPs attacked his department’s ‘Dad’s Army’ handling of the migrant crisis.

The latest storm has led to anger in Downing Street, where allies of Mrs May complain that Mr Javid has ‘taken his eye off the ball’ and is failing to ‘horizon scan’ because he is so preoccupied by his leadership scheming.

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Mr Javid angrily rejects this claim, telling The Mail on Sunday last night that he was ‘working tirelessly and urgently’ on the migrant crisis.

But the problem has been building up for a number of months.

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Borders watchdog David Bolt warned in a highly critical report in the autumn that the number of clandestine migrants arriving in south coast ports had doubled in a year, and that ‘stretched’ Border Force guards were failing to keep harbours and marinas secure.

It was around then that first reports started to emerge of a new wave of migrants crossing the Channel in fishing boats and dinghies.

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The Home Secretary told MPs in late November that 100 migrants had risked their lives trying to reach the UK coast in three months, but he did not want to deploy a Border Force cutter to the area in case it encouraged more people to make the journey.

He claimed at the time that he had called a cross-department meeting and was working with the French authorities,...
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