Government Statement on Reading Terrorist Attack

James Sunderland MP records his personal sympathies to those affected by the terrorist attack in Reading. Following the Home Secretary’s statement to the House of Commons, he seeks reassurance on the deportation of foreign nationals who commit crimes in the UK.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

As a Berkshire MP, I place on record my personal sympathies to all those affected so gravely in neighbouring Reading. In the past 24 hours we have seen media speculation about the immigration status of the alleged perpetrator. Will the Home Secretary please reassure me that it remains her priority to return people who come to the UK and are proven to commit crime?

Priti Patel (Home Secretary)

First, I will not get into any speculation or commentary, but I could not be any clearer about the Government’s position on foreign national offenders. Our policy is as stated: we will do everything in our power to remove those who abuse our hospitality and commit crimes in the UK. That has been the Government’s focus. I am also clear that tougher action is needed to speed up removals, to deter foreign criminals from entering the UK. It is not always easy, because there are barriers to overcome. That is something we will look at through other legislative means.