On those who died yday Jean Marc Puissesseau, Head of Port of Calais tells @BBCr4today: “These people have to face many obstacles before they arrive in Calais. They love England, they want to go to your country...it’s not just a problem of Europe its also a problem of the UK.”
“They have been suffering in their countries and for them their future and highest hope is to get to the UK.”

Worth noting they are also suffering in France, as our report yesterday documented.
On question of greater French urgency Calais port head says: “we are obliged in Calais port to control each lorry to know that there’s not migrants inside. We do it for no penny. It’s gratis for your country. It costs us €8 million a year...”
“That has been signed in Le Touquet agreement and I don’t believe that agreement now has any place. That agreement was signed when UK was in Europe.”
French Prime Minister Jean Castex due to hold an emergency meeting on the crossings in just under an hour.
.@phdumont MP for Calais tells @JustinOnWeb: “I’m not sure that more police officers on the French shore will help stop this crisis. We have 300km of shore to monitor 24/7 and it only takes 5-10 minutes to launch a boat so it’s not just a question of money or men.”
“...there’s also the question of sovereignty I’m not sure the British people would accept the other way around if the French army was patrolling the British shore.”
Dumont says that the real solution to the crisis is to shut down the “camps” and set up proper asylum centres in France where people can apply for asylum either in France or Britain. Says Britain needs to set up better legal routes for safe application to deter crossing.
UK Home Sec Priti Patel addressing Commons

Says she has repeated offer of joint UK/French patrols, including officers on the ground.

"We will do whatever is necessary to secure the area so that vulnerable people do not risk their lives by getting into unseaworthy boats."
Patel: "There is no quick fix. This is about addressing the pull factors exploited by international criminal gangs."

As have said for the last few days you also have to take account of the push factors. What if they're greater than any changes you can make to the pull?
Patel reiterates her view that refugees should seek asylum in 1st safe country they're in.

Again there's no legal obligation on a refugee to do this. And post Brexit without Dublin convention we have no legal means to return them to the EU.
It's also true to say (as Home Sec herself said) that we have a refugee crisis of some 80 million worldwide. Moral/political question for UK policy is if there's a particular reason why countries closest to the worst crisis spots should absorb much/all of the burden.
That would be the case if refugees all stopped in first safe country- which indeed, the vast majority actually do. UNHCR says about 86% of refugees live in lower or middle income countries, and 73% are hosted by neighbouring countries of origin.
Indeed, one of the reasons why some will try to go to countries like the UK which have absorbed far fewer refugees is because so many neighbouring countries have taken so many. Consider Turkey’s 3.7 million or Lebanon’s 1.5m-25% of its population. Equivalent for UK would be 16m+.
Again PP just said that asylum seekers are passing through places which are safe. But the corollary of that would be a) neighbouring countries should take nearly everybody (which in practice as I say above they basically do anyway) and b) that UK (as island) would take few.
Andrew Mitchell asks Priti Patel if she would accept idea of refugees being able to file paperwork via any British Embassy to help create better legal, safe routes for asylum. Home Sec says she certainly wants to develop those routes but doesn't answer question directly.
Robert Jenrick says "it's within the gift of the President of France to end this crisis now"

Priti Patel repeats her offer of support in terms of officers on the ground

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26 Nov
NEW: President Macron responds to @BorisJohnson: “The only answer is a serious cooperation...I am surprised by the methods when they're not serious. We don't communicate from one leader to another on these subjects like this via tweets or by making letters public.”
At the end Macron says French Interior Minister will meet with his EU counterparts and the Commission on Sunday. Then says they’ll work with the British “when they decide to be serious about it.”
This now has become a major diplomatic row and rift. There’ll be endless (Brexit infused) argument about who is responsible but net result is that when the weather clears the people in the camps are just as much at risk as before and it all happens again. A disaster, all round.
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24 Nov
Thoughts on reaction to this so far (on both sides of the Channel)

Lots of talk of shock and horror tonight but this was predicted and predictable. Just last week an aid agency told me concern was without change the Channel could become a graveyard- it happened.
Both British and French politicians have talked about clamping down on the people smugglers. No-one would disagree with that, they’re a menace with indifference to human life. But the constant talk of pull factors doesn’t account for the really (more) important push factors.
We can’t know for sure how many in the camps are refugees but we know it’s many, some believe most. Many I spoke to yesterday talked of persecution in their home countries, imprisonment or worse. They feel they have nothing to lose. In those circumstances by definition you’re...
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23 Nov
Bleak hour or so not far from Calais. Scores and scores of people having to walk up and down the roadside after their camp was broken up by police. They say officers confiscated their sleeping bags and equipment. It’s cold, miserable- saw a couple of kids crying in the street. ImageImageImage
Now they’ll have to go and buy new sleeping bags, new equipment (if they can afford it). And they’ll simply have to settle somewhere else until they try and make their crossing and/or are moved on again.
Spoke to a group from Afghanistan- said they’d fled the country after the fall of the government. Took them several months (and thousands of pounds to smugglers) to reach northern France. Many others from Kurdistan and Iraq. Lots of families here.
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19 Nov
There's been a lot of focus these last few weeks on MPs' second jobs. Tonight I have a special report on Newsnight on another part of the standards system which has received less attention but which some believe really needs reform: corporate hospitality for MPs.
We've used gambling as our example. By our calculations since May alone gambling and betting companies have spent nearly £100,000 on corporate hospitality for just 28 MPs- this is all within the current rules. This includes tickets to Ascot, Wimbledon, the Euros and more besides.
Make sure you're watching on Newsnight- report from me, @RhodaBuchanan, @jackcevans and @Sean__Clare. BBC2, 2230.
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17 Nov
Focus today was on Parliament. But as was just explaining on Newsnight just as important were the government’s announcements on the social care plan which were quietly unveiled as the PM was at the liaison committee....
There were two bits to the PM’s announcement back in September 1) a cap of £86k on lifetime care costs (though not complete as doesn’t include bed and board for care homes) and 2) the means test which helps households with less than £100k in assets pay for weekly costs.
What the government announced today was that those two things won’t intersect. Ie that the means test payments will not count towards reaching the £86k cap- only payments an individual makes themselves will.
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17 Nov
Mr Speaker chastises the Prime Minister for the second time for trying to ask Starmer questions: "Prime Minister, I've made it very clear it's PMQs, not for the Opposition to answer your Qs- those are the rules of the game we're all in to, and we play by the rules don't we?"
"And we respect this House, so let's respect this House."
Prime Minister attempts to ask Starmer a third question about payments he received for legal advice when an MP.

Speaker forces the PM to retake his seat: "Prime Minister- SIT DOWN. I'm not going to be challenged, you may be the Prime Minister but in this House, I'm in charge."
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