Today’s confirmation that Labour will end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers means the Conservatives are the only major party still supporting the policy.
Labour first suggested it would back the campaign for a time limit on detention last month but the party’s immigration initiative today – which otherwise is full of ‘tough on immigration’ policies – confirms how the party will approach the issue.
A Labour government would launch a consultation on the appropriate limits of detention and safeguards for detention decision-making, looking at international best practice and alternatives to detention. Probably the party will increase the requirements for asylum seekers to check in with authorities in the community in order to placate concerns about the effect of the policy.
The recent parliamentary detention inquiry recommended that MPs implement a 28-day limit. The inquiry didn’t get a lot of press but it appears to have had a real effect. Since it reported, Labour and the LiberalRead More »from Two down, one to go: Tories isolated on indefinite detention of asylum seekers