Government should be ashamed of trading lives for votes over Rwanda

Gambling with lives is a disgrace

Commenting on the Rwanda bill clearing its final parliamentary hurdle, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Tuesday):

“Nothing more clearly demonstrates the cruelty and moral bankruptcy of this government than the ghastly Rwanda law it has finally pushed through parliament.

“For ministers to be gleeful at the export of vulnerable people, including children and victims of modern slavery, is a disgrace.

“The UK is trading away its humanitarian duties and turning its back on people in genuine need, who get no second chance.

“There’s no proof that any of this will stop the boats as the Prime Minister says it will. He and the rest of the government should hang their heads in shame for gambling with people’s lives in a desperate and costly electioneering stunt.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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