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17 January 2024 • 8:03am


No 10 not contemplating pulling Rwanda Bill regardless of Tory riot

Downing Street will not be contemplating pulling the Rwanda Bill from the House of Commons after final evening’s Tory riot, the unlawful migration minister insisted this morning.

Conservative insurgent amendments had been defeated final evening as a result of the Government in addition to opposition events voted them down.

But opposition events are anticipated to vote in opposition to the general Bill. That signifies that if final evening’s Tory riot was repeated it might be sufficient to overturn the Government’s working majority and sink the Bill.

Asked if No 10 was contemplating pulling the Bill from being debated this afternoon, Michael Tomlinson instructed Sky News this morning:

He mentioned: “No, this afternoon I will be on my feet again in the chamber of the House of Commons, we have got the second day of the committee stage, we will have amendments that have been put forward on all sides and as I do, and as I have been doing throughout my short period in this role, I will be listening respectfully to colleagues.”


Chance of pre-election Rwanda flights ‘pretty slim’, claims Farage

Nigel Farage mentioned the Government’s Rwanda plan had turn into a “farce” as he questioned whether or not ministers will ship on their ambition for flights to take off earlier than the following election.

He instructed GB News: “We’re over 600 days into this Rwanda farce, 600 days where the Government have promised us that people who cross the English Channel illegally in dinghies would be sent to Rwanda.

“We’ve spent hundreds of millions of pounds; not a single flight has gone, not one person has gone and as we go on through this internecine warfare within the Conservative Party, I wonder legally, frankly, all the while we’re signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, to various conventions with the United Nations whether any of it is worth a row of beans?”

He added: “I’d have thought actually the chances of any flights taking off before the next general election look pretty slim, don’t they?”


Sunak can be ‘sensible to hear’ to Tory Rwanda Bill rebels, says ex-Cabinet minister

Rishi Sunak can be “wise to listen” to Tory rebels and strengthen his Rwanda Bill as a result of the “British public’s patience is wearing thin”, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg mentioned.

The former enterprise secretary warned there’s a “risk” that the Bill could possibly be torpedoed when it’s put to a crunch vote tonight due to the dimensions of Tory discontent.

He instructed GB News: “The Government’s present working majority is 54 however we noticed 68 votes in favour of Sir Bill’s modification in opposition to the Government [last night].

“So there’s a danger that the entire Rwanda Bill may lose [tonight]. The Prime Minister, I feel, can be sensible to hearken to the recommendation of his backbenchers and make the Bill watertight.

“We’re approaching the two-year mark since Boris Johnson announced the Rwanda plan. And we’ve seen countless obstacles thrown in its way including the European Court of Human Rights and our own Supreme Court, which eccentrically based its judgement, at least in part, on evidence from the United Nations, which uses Rwanda as a place to send refugees.

“The Government itself ought not to become an obstacle to its own plan’s success because the British public’s patience is wearing thin. We cannot have another Bill that doesn’t actually work. This time it must succeed.”


Rees-Mogg: Strengthen Rwanda Bill to revive Tory recognition and forestall wipeout

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged Rishi Sunak to simply accept Tory insurgent calls for to strengthen his Rwanda Bill, arguing it might restore the recognition of the Conservative Party and assist it keep away from a basic election “wipeout”.

The former Cabinet minister mentioned the Government wanted to indicate that it “listens to and shares the concerns of the British people” on the problem of stopping the boats.

He instructed GB News: “If the Tory Party followed the rebels, it would begin to restore its popularity by being Conservative. If the Prime Minister gets this Bill right and we see flights taking off before the next election, we could just possibly see a revival of Tory support that could prevent the predicted election wipeout.

“It would show a government that listens to and shares the concerns of the British people. Particularly on this issue, because I do feel that the politicians are so out of touch with the British electorate.”