Barge to house migrants arrives in Dorset as local Conservative MP raises safety concerns

A controversial barge that’s set to accommodate 500 asylum seekers has arrived in Dorset, regardless of the issues raised by the native Conservative MP who argued the vessel is probably not protected. 

One month delayed, the Bibby Stockholm departed Falmouth in Cornwall on Monday after the completion of refurbishment works.

The federal government has insisted that using a barge is a less expensive various to accommodating migrants in lodges, claiming the resort invoice to deal with them has hit £6 million a day.

It comes as a Conservative MP has demanded to see security reviews for the barge.


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Chris Loder, the MP for West Dorset, claimed the above-quoted 500-person determine was double the capability the barge had been designed to carry.

Mr Loder referred to as on house secretary Suella Braverman to “cease” the vessel or present the assessments that present it’s “protected to deal with double the burden that it was designed to bear”.

In addition to the barge, the federal government is utilizing former navy bases. There are additionally reviews that enormous marquees could possibly be used.

Mr Loder writes: “For months, I’ve been asking for sight of the security threat assessments that ought to have been achieved to permit the Bibby Stockholm for use in Portland Harbour with 500 individuals on board while it was designed for 250”.

“The Bibby Stockholm has now left Falmouth Dock. However visibility or assurances that enough security threat assessments have been accomplished haven’t been obtained.”

The MP additionally claimed that following a name with the Maritime and Coastguard Company, it was “clear they’ve additionally not undertaken that work, which we’d sometimes anticipate them to do for a flagged vessel on water — which is what the Bibby Stockholm is”.

Mr Loder added: “I’m writing to you this night to ask that you simply both cease the Bibby Stockholm or that you simply present the required security threat assessments that verify this vessel is protected to deal with double the burden that it was designed to bear.”

The 222-bedroom vessel is alleged to comprise “fundamental” lodging, with healthcare provision, catering amenities and 24/7 safety. It comes at a reported value of £20,000 a day, the Residence Workplace mentioned in Could.

Dorset Council has been given £2m in a funding bundle to satisfy the price of offering providers to residents.

The arrival of the Bibby Stockholm in Dorset comes hours after the federal government’s unlawful migration invoice handed the Lords.

The flagship laws is now heading for the statute books after a night of voting noticed Rishi Sunak achieve stopping each proposed modification.

MPs spent 90 minutes within the commons’ voting lobbies yesterday to be able to reject 9 main Lords amendments.

The unlawful migration invoice is ready to provide the house secretary powers to detain and swiftly deport any individual arriving illegally within the UK to their house nation or a 3rd nation equivalent to Rwanda. 

The final facet of the invoice’s remit is presently topic to authorized problem within the Supreme Courtroom.

Yesterday night, the Authorities refused any extra concessions. It is going to now go for royal assent to be enacted this Summer time after weeks of “ping pong” between the 2 homes.