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MPs to quiz senior Home Office figure on abuse claims

A senior Home Office civil servant faces a grilling by MPs over its handling of child abuse allegations made over a 20-year period.

Permanent secretary Mark Sedwill will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee to face questions over the quality of a review he commissioned last year.

Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill faces MPs later today. Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Archive/Press Association Images

As Theresa May announced new inquiries to Parliament yesterday, the Home Secretary said she was confident that the work commissioned by Mr Sedwill was "carried out in good faith".

However, she added that with "allegations as serious as these the public need to have complete confidence in the integrity of the investigation's findings".

Govt: Changes to vetting and barring 'common sense'

The Home Office has hit back at claims changes it introduced to law which check and prevent sexual offenders from working with children have allowed predators to slip through the net.

It remains the case that anyone committing the most serious offences is still automatically barred from working closely and unsupervised with children.

The coalition Government introduced changes to the barring regime to apply common sense levels, but if someone applies to work with children any serious criminal records or police information are still considered when checks are carried out and, if necessary, they will be barred.

The changes strike an appropriate balance between avoiding unnecessary intrusion into people's lives and ensuring that children and vulnerable groups are protected.

– Home Office spokesman

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Home Office confirms deportation of Nigerian family

A Nigerian mother who appealed against her removal from the UK, saying she feared her daughters would be subjected to female genital mutilation, has been deported.

The Home Office released a statement saying that Afusat Saliu "was not considered to be in need of protection".

Afusat Saliu with her two daughters. Credit: change.org

The statement also pointed out that Ms Saliu's appication to stop deportation had been turned down by the courts on several occasions.

"The case has gone through the proper legal process and our decision has been supported by the UK courts on five separate occasions, while the European Court of Human Rights declined an application to halt the removal.”

"We can now confirm that a Nigerian family were successfully removed to their country of origin today."

Mother fearing FGM believed to have been deported

Afusat Saliu and her daughters. Credit: Change.org

Supporters of Afusat Saliu, the mother of two who fears her daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation in her homeland of Nigeria, believe she was deported last night, the Guardian has reported.

Home Office: Nigerian mother 'not in need of protection'

A Home Office spokesperson said:

We consider every claim for asylum on its individual merits and in this case the claimant was not considered to be in need of protection.

The case has gone through the proper legal process and our decision has been supported by the UK courts on five separate occasions, while the European Court of Human Rights declined an application to halt the removal.

Government 'has failed miserably' on FGM deportation

Anj Handa, a friend of Afusat Saliu, who set up the petition on campaigning website Change.org, said:

We have been thwarted at every turn and the Government has failed on so many counts in this case.

The Home Office has failed to stick to its own guidelines on so many counts and have failed Afusat and her daughters miserably.

The Government had a chance to show leadership on the issue of FGM and again have failed miserably.

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Mother fearing FGM to be deported to Nigeria tonight

Afusat Saliu, 31, and her two daughters Bassy, four, and Rashidat, two.

A mother who fears her two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation in her native Nigeria has been told she will be deported tonight.

Afusat Saliu, 31, and her two daughters Bassy, four, and Rashidat, two, were seized by officials on Wednesday and were due to be flown to Lagos but were given an overnight reprieve.

Human rights activists representing Ms Saliu said that she was expected to be deported with her daughters at 7pm from Heathrow airport.

Friend of deportation case mother thanks supporters

A friend of the mother who, along with her two daughters, faces deportation to Nigeria has thanked supporters who have signed a petition calling for the Home Office to review the evidence.

Anj Handa wrote on Twitter:

Home Office will not confirm if deportation delayed

A Home Office spokeswoman would not confirm if the deportation of Afusat Saliu and her daughters to Nigeria has been delayed, saying it does not comment on individual cases.

Ms Saliu told ITV News she fears her two daughters, four-year-old Bassy and two-year-old Rashidat, will be subjected to female genital mutilation in her native Nigeria if they are deported.

Last night, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson was flooded with more than a thousand tweets urging him personally to step in to block the flight.

He later tweeted:

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