MP warns 'borders dangerously understaffed'

Chris Bryant
Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant warns the UK borders are being left "borders dangerously understaffed" Credit: Labour Party

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant said: "It is time that the Home Secretary came clean about the security at our borders.

"Her cuts to staff have seen passport queues lengthen, not only leading to delays for passengers but also leaving UK Border Force staff with a difficult decision of whether to relax security to alleviate congestion and risk allowing people to enter the UK without being properly checked.

"With a cut of over 5,000 staff promised by the next election, the Home Secretary is leaving our borders dangerously understaffed, just when the UK is expecting record numbers of arrivals for London 2012."

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Airlines warn of Easter gridlock

Eleven airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, have warned the Home Secretary that Britain's airports could end up gridlocked over Easter because the border controls are "dangerously understaffed."