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MP says Welsh village feels UK Government ‘isn’t listening to them’ over asylum seeker plans

26 Apr 2023 2 minute read
Rob Roberts MP. Photo by David Woolfall is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Residents in a Welsh village feel the Government “isn’t listening to them” over plans to house 400 asylum seekers in a hotel and shipping containers, MPs have heard.

Independent MP Rob Roberts (Delyn) told the Commons: “The village of Northop Hall in my constituency has about 1,000 residents. Last year Northop Hall hotel on the edge of the village was bought and there are now proposals to house 400 single male migrants in the building and in shipping containers stacked around the grounds.

Meltdown

“The village has one small shop, no transport links and a health board in complete meltdown.

“Can the Prime Minister facilitate a meeting for myself and some local residents with the Home Secretary to hear the concerns of the local residents, who are worried the Government just isn’t listening to them?”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak replied: “(Mr Roberts) raises exactly why we need to take action because it’s not right that our local hotels in all our communities are being used to such a degree to house illegal asylum seekers, not least because it’s costing the British taxpayer something like £5.5 million or £6 million a day.

“We want to put an end to that and that’s why we’re bringing forward legislation that will enable us to swiftly detain and send back those who should not be here. I will make sure he gets a meeting with the immigration minister as he needs.”

Rob Roberts was elected as a Tory MP in 2019 but lost the Conservative party whip in 2021 after an independent panel found that he had acted inappropriately after he sought to engage in a relationship with a male member of his staff.

He refused to resign as an MP following the panels findings, sitting instead as an independent.


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
9 months ago

The grubby molester?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
9 months ago

He is a far right nutcase not an independent, get it right.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
9 months ago

Honestly this bloke and Andrew R T make me want to throw up my lunch.

Last edited 9 months ago by Rhufawn Jones
The Original Mark
The Original Mark
9 months ago

ex tory MP and sex pest refuses to listen to electorate and resign.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

Is this the same Rob Roberts who recently called for a referendum to abolish the Senedd?
The UK Government is ignoring your constituents concerns, yet you want them to impose direct rule on Wales?

Marc
Marc
9 months ago

Let’s hope he listens when he is told to sling his hook at the next election

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 months ago

The same no doubt was felt by the electorate in Pembrokeshire
& Senedd Cymru when like Rob Roberts unwanted sexual advances, this fascist far-right Conservative government forced themselves on both when England’s then Home Secretary Priti “ugly” Patel without consultation bypassed both Pembrokeshire Council & Senedd Cymru when she placed over 300 suffering war-torn refugees in a decaying Army camp during the height of COVID pandemic with inadequate PPE supplies not only riding roughshod over their human rights, the Welsh electorate, Senedd social distancing rules, but democracy itself.

Karl
Karl
9 months ago

Not every man has his low standards of behaviour.

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