“The Country”, writes Thanet North MP, Roger Gale, needs "more than dockyard traffic wardens" if it is to get to grips with the problems of "porous borders.”
Challenging the Home Secretary following a ministerial statement on asylum and immigration the MP said:
"Those of us representing Kent coastal constituencies regard ourselves as in the front line of the effect of "porous borders". If the Home Secretary is going to convince not just the public but the professionals that he is going to create something rather more substantial that a team of dockyard traffic wardens then he is going to have to ensure that it is properly co-ordinated. The British Transport police has the capability. Has he discussed with the Transport Secretary the possibility that the BTP will co-ordinate the policing of our frontiers and if not who is going to do it"?
"We are not just concerned about illegal immigration "said the MP after the statement "but about contraband, drugs, slave trading and people trafficking and the obvious threat from terrorism. We don't just wasn’t a few new uniforms issued to a few people: this is a job that must be done immediately and it must be done properly by fully trained Frontier Police Officers with the right and adequate resources”