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Home Secretary Sajid Javid was last night forced to cut short a safari in South Africa amid a growing outcry over his ‘Dad’s Army’ handling of the Channel migrant crisis.
Mr Javid bowed to pressure to abandon his luxury break after MPs from his own party lined up to demand action – with one calling for the seizure of the French boats that migrants are using to reach Britain.
Mr - Javid - Yesterday - Bags - Resort
Mr Javid was yesterday packing his bags in a resort in Kruger National Park to race to London for a series of emergency Whitehall meetings. If he had stayed on holiday any longer, he risked the humiliation of being ordered to fly back by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The dash by Mr Javid – a frontrunner for the party leadership – came as: He assured The Mail on Sunday that he was working urgently to stop the crossings ‘before innocent lives are lost’; It was claimed that up to 66 migrants had sneaked into Britain after crossing the Channel on Christmas Day alone;
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Fingers were pointed at the French authorities for failing to stem the human tide; Three Afghan men suspected of masterminding the cross-channel people-smuggling trade were arrested in France.
The latest crossing saw two boats carrying 12 men from Syria and Iran detained off Dover on Friday. It prompted Mr Javid to declare a ‘major incident’ from his holiday hideaway and appoint a ‘gold commander’ to take overall charge of the situation.
Claims - People - UK - Christmas - Day
Responding to claims that 66 people made it to the UK on Christmas Day, the Home Office said they had records of 40 who had arrived after crossing the Channel.
Reports suggest that the number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel to England has hit more than 220 since the start of November.
Attacks - Mr - Javid - Dover
The ‘blue-on-blue’ attacks on Mr Javid were led by Dover...
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