I am very glad that following my letter to the Home Secretary and parliamentary questions on the issue, the Government have reconsidered the decision to house these asylum seekers in Havering and they will no longer be using the Palms Hotel in Hornchurch.
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.
The Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday, followed up on Monday by more detailed guidance, gave the country a real sense of the way forward. It is so important that now more than ever, we all follow the Government guidance. If we want to beat this virus we must keep going.
I have written to the Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Priti Patel M.P. asking her to take immediate action to secure our borders against Covid-19. The only people travelling to the U.K. at the moment should be stranded British citizens returning home, or those coming here for an essential purpose.