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Sacked UK borders inspector tells MPs he was removed ‘for doing his job’

Sacked UK borders inspector tells MPs he was removed ‘for doing his job’

Sacked UK borders inspector tells MPs he was removed ‘for doing his job’
Feb 27, 2024 59 secs

Neal, who was fired last week as the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, told a parliamentary committee of “shocking leadership” at the top of the Home Office.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, more than 40 refugee charities have told James Cleverly that a failure to appoint a new borders watchdog “creates a vacuum” of independent oversight.

A Home Office statement said Neal was sacked for breaching his contract after speaking to the Daily Mail about concerns over airport security.

Neal, who was responsible for the assurance and inspection of the UK’s detention facilities while in the armed forces, said the advice to his successor when they are eventually appointed would be “don’t press the nuclear button too early”.

“Vital inspections” into asylum accommodation including the Bibby Stockholm barge and the RAF Wethersfield site, as well as a report into the handling of modern slavery and human trafficking claims, cannot be submitted without an inspector, they said.

“Effectively disabling independent scrutiny of a highly controversial policy area constitutes yet another step towards the erosion of government accountability, and follows close behind similar moves to weaken judicial oversight and limit people’s power to protest.

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