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Priti Patel tells labour MPs to 'shut up' while praising Johnson

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Priti Patel lashed out at Labour MPs who interrupted her during her last appearance at the dispatch box in Parliament before standing down as Home Secretary. Ms Patel resigned on Monday following a combative session of Home Office questions. 

Ms Patel said in the Commons: “Before I answer today’s questions, and start questions, if I may, I’d briefly like to remark on the last three years of Boris Johnson’s prime ministership under which I’ve served as Home Secretary.”

“This morning, a written ministerial statement….” she started before telling heckling Labour MP to “shut up.”

Ms Patel continued: “…was tabled in my name outlining the work of the Home Office, this department over the last three years on our manifesto commitment and with that of course some of the biggest reforms on security, migration and public safety which the Speaker’s just spoken about.

“I’m proud to serve in this Government and I’d like to thank the Prime Minister, Home Office ministers past and present and a wide range of officials.”

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Shadow policing minister Sarah Jones criticised Ms Patel’s record, arguing “on her watch far more people are a victim of crime”.

She said: “The current Home Secretary says that her record speaks volumes. On her watch, far more people are a victim of crime. Far more criminals are getting away with it. Nine in 10 serious violent offenders never see the inside of a court.

“Police officers are forced to use food banks and the police have declared no confidence. What does the minister think the Home Secretary is most proud of: criminals laughing in our face as they get away with it, or thousands more people across this country blighted by crime?”

Responding, crime and policing minister Tom Pursglove said Ms Patel had “done a sterling job”, adding: “Can be proud of seeing nationally burglary being down 24 percent, neighbourhood crime down by 33 percent, vehicle offences down by 28 percent, the fact that we’ve got 72,000 weapons off our streets compared to 2019.”

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Ms Patel was also forced to defend the Government’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda, telling MPs: “This partnership is very clear in terms of standards, the treatment of people that are relocated to Rwanda, the resources that are put in and also the processing of how every applicant is treated.”

Her remarks came after Labour MP Sir Tony Lloyd said there is “credible evidence of the use of violence and torture by Rwandan security authorities”.

Pressed on the limits of the numbers of people who can be processed under the agreement, Ms Patel said: “I think it’s important to emphasise again the number of people that can be relocated is unlimited.”

Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures show 1,160 people were detected on Sunday in 25 boats, suggesting an average of around 46 people per boat.

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Meanwhile, the High Court case – in which several asylum seekers, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and groups Care4Calais and Detention Action are questioning the legality of the plan – began.

In April, the Home Secretary signed what she described as a “world-first agreement” with Rwanda in a bid to deter migrants from crossing the Channel.

But the first deportation flight – due to take off on June 14 – was grounded amid a series of legal challenges.

Since the deal was announced, 22,116 people have crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats.

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