In a debate in the House of Commons, Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, encouraged the Government to act swiftly and surely to bring down illegal and legal migration.
Sir Edward told fellow MPs that he "uniquely badly affected" in the Gainsborough constituency thanks to the Channel crossings.
"As a result of our inability to control illegal migration, the Government want to put 2,000 illegal migrants into RAF Scampton, which our local social services simply cannot cope with, and would probably atrophy £300 million-worth of investments."
"My constituents are not focused on whether we have Rwanda or not Rwanda; they just want the boats to be stopped, or at least severely mitigated."
"We have heard many criticisms and good knockabout stuff from the Opposition, but the only solutions that anybody in the world has come up with to stop illegal migration are either with pushback, which is uniquely difficult in the channel, or with offshoring, and nothing works. Therefore we have to do something."
You can read the entirety of Sir Edward's speech in Hansard at this link.
My speech in the Rwanda debate last night.
We in West Lindsey are uniquely affected by this given the Home Office's proposal to house illegal migrants at RAF Scampton, threatening our game-changing £300-million regeneration deal. pic.twitter.com/kp7pPaTx5W
— Sir Edward Leigh MP (@EdwardLeighMP) December 13, 2023