Refugee Council's response to David Blunkett's resignation - Refugee Council
December 15, 2004

Refugee Council’s response to David Blunkett’s resignation

In response to the news that the Home Secretary David Blunkett MP has resigned Maeve Sherlock, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:

“David Blunkett took a tough line on asylum and many of the measures he introduced we profoundly disagree with. In particular, some of the measures he took in getting a grip on the asylum system have meant that many vulnerable people who need a place of safety are not getting protection.

“However, Mr Blunkett spoke up for the benefits of migration into the UK and introduced a programme of resettling refugees here in Britain from camps around the world.

“The challenge for the new Home Secretary will be to sidestep the headlines and to take a measured and rational look at the asylum process. It’s in everybody’s interest for initial decision-making on asylum claims to be improved.”



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