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Immigration Bill tweaks before becoming law | Politics | News

  • May 19, 2023

Suella Braverman appeared to be toning down some measures designed to deter migrants arriving in Britain in small boats. Changes to the immigration Bill mean that Channel migrants could get access to legal aid to fund their human rights challenges against deportation.

In an apparent move aimed at pacifying some of the more liberal MPs on the Tory benches, the Home Secretary has set out amendments to the Bill clarifying that refugees making their way to the UK by sea can get legal aid if they say their lives are at risk at home or that they would be treated inhumanely or tortured there. Ministers will also look at creating more “safe and legal routes” to Britain.

However, the measures came with other, stronger, changes demanded by rebel Conservative backbenchers who want tougher action against Channel migrants.

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One campaigner, as reported by the Mail, claimed the legal aid measures made little sense. Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, which wanted tougher controls at the border, was quoted as saying that the legal aid measure made “little sense if the Home Secretary wanted to reduce the spiraling costs of the asylum system and stem the flow of illegal boat crossings.” He urged her to “think again”.

On Friday Ms Braverman said she and the Prime Minister were “absolutely committed to stopping the boats once and for all”, adding that the changes she was announcing would “help secure our borders and make it easier for us to remove people by preventing them from making last minute bogus claims, while ensuring we strengthen our safe and legal routes.”

Last week, it was reported that opposition to the Bill from the House of Lords would probably center on the plans to

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Drivers risk invalidating car insurance when leaving cars to do-ice

  • February 10, 2023

Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman has previously warned that drivers should stay inside their vehicles when defrosting them to avoid being caught out. He said drivers should “always be in control” of their cars while the engine is running or could risk invalidating their car insurance for leaving it unattended.

Car thefts are common in winter as thieves wait for drivers to turn on their ignition before pouncing.

Mr Freeman said: “It may be tempting to get out of the car and leave the engine running when defrosting the car.

“But if you’re on the road – rather than a private driveway- it’s breaking the law.

“The Highway Code states that drivers are expected to always be in control of their vehicle while the engine is running.

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The British Insurers Brokers’ Association (BIBA) also warned leaving a car unattended to defrost could be a major concern.

BIBA said many insurers “will not pay the claim should the car be stolen”.

They added: “Waking up on a freezing cold morning, it can be tempting to save a few extra minutes by starting the engine and warming the vehicle up while you nip back inside to finish getting ready.

“But, from experience, BIBA knows that many motorists who do this may be at risk from ‘frosting’, which is when opportunist thieves steal the vehicle with the keys in the ignition, while the windscreen is being defrosted.”

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He said: “Whilst it is tempting to leave your car running with the keys in the ignition whilst unattended on frosty cold mornings, experience tells us it’s not a wise move.

“Not only does it make your car an easy target

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