EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Opposition Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, on a 4 day journey to spice up his celebration’s fortunes in Scotland, will meet asylum seekers in Glasgow on Wednesday amid a row concerning the treatment of would-be immigrants.
Britain’s opposition Labour Party chief, Jeremy Corbyn, addresses demonstrators following a march in help of the National Health Service, in central London, Britain, June 30, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
His journey comes after polls advised Labour help in Scotland has been slipping since its encouraging efficiency in final yr’s UK-wide election.
Corbyn, who has steered Labour to the left, is looking for Britain to roll again its “dangerous and failed” coverage of contracting personal corporations like Serco, G4S and Capita to ship and handle public companies in healthcare, transport and detention centres.
The row over immigrants blew up after Serco introduced a plan to alter the locks on the properties of asylum seekers whose functions had been refused.
Following protests and campaigns by refugee charities, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour, Serco introduced a “pause” within the plan earlier this month.
“Private firms have no business profiting from the detention of refugees and asylum seekers and we will end the ugly and discredited system of private firms running immigration detention centres,” Corbyn will say, in line with an announcement.
With Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives deeply divided and struggling to ship Brexit in time for a March 2019 deadline, there are few factors to separate the main events in opinion polls.
On Monday, the British government introduced it had taken over the operating of a serious jail in England from G4S after it had develop into unmanageable, the newest in a string of failed personal sector tasks to run public companies.
“Labour will end this shameful situation and close Yarl’s Wood and Brook House detention centres, investing the money spent on locking people up on services that support survivors of modern slavery, human trafficking and domestic violence instead,” Corbyn will say.
A spokesman for Serco declined to remark.
Yarl’s Wood and Brook House in southern England are run by Serco and G4S respectively, the place immigrants and asylum seekers are detained. Brook House, at Gatwick airport was on the centre of an abuse scandal earlier this yr.
Labour insurance policies like nationalising the rail and water industries helped the celebration deny the pro-privatisation Conservatives a majority government within the 2017 election.
Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; enhancing by Stephen Addison