Commenting on News that government contractor G4S are no longer looking to home asylum seekers in Loftus Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop said:
“The fact that G4S have listened to the views of the Borough council and myself that East Cleveland lacks some of the facilities which are needed to properly care for asylum seekers, is helpful. East Cleveland has no easy access to community groups, adult English classes, dedicated GP practices, international food shops and has poor transport links.
“I thank the vast majority of the residents of Loftus who listened and accepted these rational reasons which were put forward by the council. It was not questionable letters, hearsay or grandstanding which got this situation resolved, it was facts and a sensible dialogue between the involved parties.
“However the actions of one elected representative who has used ‘dog whistle’ politics to play on people’s emotions and stir up hatred have been abhorrent.
“Going forward there needs to be a new understanding on matters like this, residents should be involved early on in the process so any difficulties can be highlighted and dealt with before any firm decisions are made.
“I will still be meeting with John Whitwam, the G4S Director of Immigration, on Tuesday of next week to reinforce these points and discuss what G4S’s future plans are.”