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Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s crackdown on migrants crossing the Channel in small boats was branded a failure after he admitted yesterday that soaring numbers had reached Britain.
So far this year, 725 men, women and children have arrived after making the perilous journey from northern France to Kent – more than double the number for the whole of 2018.
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Last December Mr Javid declared a ‘major incident’ as a rising number of flimsy vessels crossed the world’s busiest shipping lane.
He signed off a £20,000-a-day bill for the use of two Navy vessels to patrol Britain’s coastline until extra Border Force cutters returned from the Mediterranean.
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The aim was to deter migrants from risking their lives to reach the UK.
But Mr Javid told MPs yesterday that HMS Mersey and HMS Protector had not rescued a single migrant during five weeks in the Channel in January and February – despite landing the Home Office with a £780,000 bill.
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He insisted the deployment was not a waste of resources after Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Yvette Cooper suggested it was not ‘value for money’.
Mr Javid, who is in the running to be promoted to Chancellor if Boris Johnson is crowned Tory leader today, has faced ongoing criticism amid concerns he botched the response to the crisis.
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