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Asylum Hotel

I'm really disappointed to hear that the Conservative Government are forcing yet another asylum hotel on the Wakefield constituency. I've been working with Wakefield's Labour Council in efforts to oppose this since March.

Local councils, like Wakefield - who have already faced significant funding cuts under successive Conservative governments – are having these asylum hotels forced on to them with no say. Labour offered a reasonable amendment in the House of Commons to the Government's Illegal Migration Bill that would have forced the Home Office to consult with councils, like Wakefield, over prospective asylum hotels. I spoke and voted in favour of this amendment in Parliament.

In contrast, Mark Eastwood and the Conservatives - voted against it, robbing local people of a say. It’s completely disingenuous of Mr Eastwood to now condemn the decision made by his government because its politically convenient. His voting record speaks for itself.


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