Priti Patel promises crackdown on eco-protestors and asylum claims

Priti Patel uses New Year message to promise crackdown on Insulate Britain eco mob causing ‘misery’ on UK roads and vows to end the ‘legal merry-go-round’ of ‘spurious’ asylum seeker claims

  • Priti Patel promises fresh crackdown on eco-mobs wreaking havoc across the UK
  • Home Secretary plans to end ‘legal merry-go-round’ of ‘spurious’ asylum claims
  • It comes as more than 28,300 migrants made perilous trip to Britain in 2021
  • Looking to 2022, Ms Patel said it was ‘vital’ the Police and Crime Bill passed 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has used her New Year message to promise a fresh crackdown on Insulate Britain’s eco-mob and vowed to end the ‘legal merry-go-round’ of ‘spurious’ asylum seeker claims in 2022. 

In a video message shared across social media Ms Patel praised the Goverment’s many achievements across 2021, such as its hiring of new police officers and publishing an anti-violence strategy to help women and girls.

She also pointed to statistics showing that Britain’s streets were safer than before following a significant drop in knife and gun crime and murders. 

But, the Home Secretary insisted there was still ‘much more to do’ in 2022, pointing to tougher measures for eco-protesters who wreaked havoc on Britain’s roads last year and ’caused misery to the law-abiding public’.

She also said plans to introduce the new Nationality and Borders Bill would finally afford Britain the ‘powers we need to deliver long overdue change’ in our immigration system.

It follows a record-breaking year for migration into the UK, as 28,381 people made the perilous journey in 2021 – dwarfing the 8,410 who made the same treacherous trip in 2020.

They came in at least 1,020 boats which were intercepted by UK authorities in the last 12 months. It means an average of 78 migrants arrived in three boats every day. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has used her New Year message to promise a fresh crackdown on Insulate Britain’s eco-mob and vowed to end the ‘legal merry-go-round’ of ‘spurious’ asylum seeker claims in 2022

Ms Patel pointing to tougher measures for eco-protesters such as Insulate Britain (above) who wreaked havoc on Britain’s roads last year and ’caused misery to the law-abiding public’

Looking ahead to 2022, Ms Patel said it was ‘vital’ the Government’s Police and Crime Bill passed through Parliament. 

‘The Bill will introduce mandatory life sentences for those who kill an emergency worker in the course of their duty and also crack down on the so-called eco-protesters on our roads and motorways that have caused misery to the law-abiding public,’ she said.

‘I will also continue to prioritise fixing our broken asylum system. It has been untouched for two decades, but passing our (Nationality and) Borders Bill into law in 2022 will finally give us the powers we need to deliver long overdue change.

‘A fairer system deterring illegal entry across the channel by cracking down on people smugglers and ending the legal merry-go-round of spurious asylum claims is what the British people expect and we will deliver.’

Insulate Britain embarked on a two-month campaign of repeated motorway disruption throughout the end of 2021 before protestors were finally arrested and charged.

The Home Secretary said she was proud that the Government had recruited more than 11,000 of the extra 20,000 police officers promised.

Home Office figures to the end of September put the overall provisional headcount of officers in England and Wales at 139,908.

This included 11,053 hired as part of the 20,000 pledge, a quarterly report on the progress of the scheme said, suggesting forces had recruited 55% of the total target.

Ms Patel also said the streets were safer thanks to a reduction in knife crime, gun crime and murders.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there was an 8% decrease in knife-enabled crime in the year ending June 2021, compared with the previous year.

It follows a record-breaking year or migration into the UK, with more than 26,000 migrants reaching Britain’s shores since the start of the 2021. Pictured: A boat of migrants arrives at the Port of Dover, Kent

Homicides were also down 11%, it said, while offences involving firearms fell by 6%. All figures were for crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales.

However the ONS stressed that patterns of crime over that period had been ‘significantly affected’ by the Covid pandemic and Government instructions to limit social contact.

Ms Patel said: ‘The start of a new year is always a special time to reflect upon the previous year, but also to look ahead to what we want to achieve in the year to come.’

She added: ‘Whether it be cutting crime, keeping our country safe from terrorism, or controlling our borders, we have a range of plans in progress to deliver for the British people.

‘That is an ambitious programme, but one I will be relentless in delivering as we focus on building back safer in the year ahead. I know we’ve got a lot of work to do in 2022. So let’s get to it.’

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