Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


22 MAR 2018

Yarl's Wood

Thank you for contacting me about issues concerning Yarl's Wood.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Home Office is reassuring:

Ensuring that individuals abide by immigration rules is an essential part of an effective immigration system. This includes individuals leaving the UK if they have no lawful basis to remain. While it is preferable that those with no right to remain in the UK leave voluntarily, and measures are in place to assist those who wish to do so, this does not always happen, and detention is therefore an important tool.
The dignity and welfare of all individuals detained is crucial, and any decision to detain is made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account individual circumstances. Home Office officials work with any individual with no right to be in the UK, including those at Yarl's Wood and in the community, to assist with their return if they decide to leave the UK. 95 per cent of people without the right to be here are managed in the community and most people detained under immigration powers spend only very short periods in detention.
In 2017, 92 per cent of people were detained for four months or less, and nearly two thirds were detained for less than a month. As well as regular reviews of detention, individuals can apply for bail at any time.
The provision of 24-hour, seven-day-a-week healthcare in all immigration removal centres ensures that detainees have ready access to medical professionals and levels of primary care in line with individuals in the community. Any detainees who choose to refuse food or fluid, including the reducing number of residents at Yarl's Wood who are currently refusing food, are closely monitored by on-site healthcare professionals.

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