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MPs call for introduction of 28-day immigration detention cap

MPs have called for the introduction of an immigration detention cap that will restrict the holding of detainees to a maximum of 28 days.

A report, produced by a cross-party group of MPs and peers, suggests Home Office officials are "failing to follow guidance" on using immigration detention sparingly and for the shortest period possible and recommends a detention cap be brought into force.

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Cooper: Calls for an independent Yarl's Wood inquiry were refused

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has claimed today that calls for an independent inquiry into the problems at Yarl's Wood detention centre were dismissed by Theresa May.

Yvette Cooper Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cooper said there had been a history of problems at the holding centre but the Home Secretary had refused calls to investigate.

She said: "There is no point in ministers pretending to be shocked at news of abuse. This is not news. Even now, the ministers have not set up an independent inquiry, Serco has."

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