As Labour and trade union members and supporters, we welcome Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott’s announcement that a Labour government would close two detention centres and end indefinite detention. We are campaigning to elect a Labour government that can make this a reality, and call for Labour to extend this pledge to commit to, and campaign for, the closure of all of the UK’s migrant detention centres.
Sexual abuse, racist violence and inadequate healthcare are rife in these centres, and compound the traumas that compelled many detainees to seek refuge here in the first place. The recent shocking revelation that 56% of detainees are suicidal, seriously ill or victims of torture – people who the Home Office’s own rules state should not normally be detained – and that 84% do not know how long they are being detained for, should be the final straw. A system that, every year, imprisons up to 30,000 people who have committed no crime while the government decides what to do with them, is an affront to socialist Labour values of democracy, justice and freedom. As part of our commitment to ending the Tories’ hostile environment, it is up to Labour to end this barbarity.
Initial signatories:Julie Ward MEPRonnie Draper, BFAWU General SecretaryManuel Cortes, TSSA General SecretaryColin O'Driscoll, Labour International Co-ChairIan Hodson, BFAWU PresidentMike Jackson, Islington South & Finsbury CLP, Unite Community, former Secretary of Lesbians & Gay Men Support the MinersJoshua Bennett Lovell, Hertfordshire County Councillor, Stevenage CLP, UCUEve McQuillan, Tower Hamlets Borough Councillor, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, UniteSarah-Jane Potter, Stevenage Borough Councillor, Stevenage CLP, TSSA Euston Branch SecretaryGabriela Salva Macallan, Tower Hamlets Borough Councillor, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, UnitePuru Miah, Tower Hamlets Borough Councillor, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, UniteMichael Chessum, Another Europe Is Possible National OrganiserNicholas Dearden, Tower Hamlets CLP, Global Justice Now Director, UniteMaya Goodfellow, WriterRhian Keyse, Exeter CLP, Exeter UCU Acting PresidentRuth Cashman, Lambeth Unison Joint Secretary & Wandsworth Momentum Co-ChairSabrina Huck, Wandsworth Momentum Co-Chair, Wandsworth Labour LCF, Tooting CLP, UniteDaniel Randall, Assistant Chair, RMT Bakerloo Line branchEd Whitby, Newcastle East CLP, Newcastle City Unison Labour Link OfficerAlex Stuart, Guildford CLP Youth Officer, Surrey Labour Students SecretaryIan Townson, Secretary, Lambeth & Southwark Unite CommunityMartha Shearer, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, UCUMark Crawford, East Ham CLP, PCSDaniel Davison-Vecchione, Cambridge CLP, UCUSteven Carver, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, Unite CommunityJean Blaylock, Vauxhall CLP, UniteAlena Ivanova, Bethnal Green & Bow CLP, UniteLuke Cooper, Islington South & Finsbury CLP, UCUTom Zagoria, Poplar & Limehouse CLP, Island Gardens branch fundraising officer, BFAWU, PCS, UniteEddie Hornby, Stevenage CLP,John Gardner, Stevenage CLP, Eastern Region Board Member, ex-ASTMSGeorgine Whiting, Stevenage CLP, UnisonStephen Whiting, Stevenage CLP, UniteCris Clark, Stevenage CLPGerry Byrne, Tynemouth CLPCharli Langford, Bethnal Green & Bow CLPSandy Paul, Poplar & Limehouse CLP, UniteVijay Jackson, Edinburgh Central CLP Youth and Students Officer, Momentum Edinburgh Treasurer, Scottish Labour Young Socialists Communications Officer, Unite CommunityTanis Towse, GMBWendy Hame-CookeDavid Cooke Simon Neumaier, Oxford CLP Hajera Begum, Tower Hamlets CLPAna Oppenheim, Hornsey & Wood Green Young Labour Campaigns OfficerBen Towse, Labour Campaign for Free MovementAndy Forse, Oxford East CLPMatt Walton, Stevenage CLP, UniteHerbert EkitokRachel Remedios, Lewisham Deptford CLP, UniteNick Long, Unite 1183Dave Scott, Lewisham Deptford CLP, Unite CommunityPeter Redfern, CWUJoe Attard, Camberwell and Peckham CLP, UCUBarry Slapp, Eltham CLP, Secretary of Greenwich, Lewisham & Bexley Unite CommunityMarcela Pizarro, Lewisham Deptford CLP BAME group chairYathavan Chitsebesan, Lewisham Deptford CLP Steve Griffith, Lewisham Deptford CLP BAME groupSacha Ismail, Editor of The Clarion, UniteMike Poku, Enfield North CLP, UniteGary Cummins, Lewisham Deptford CLP, Lewisham Unity SecretaryAlice Troy-Donovan, Lewisham East CLPTomas Kaspar, Lewisham Deptford CLP, UCUGeorgia BrownJonny Coote, Lewisham Deptford CLP, UnisonStef Newton, Lewisham Deptford CLP, UniteUrte Macikene, Dulwich & West Norwood CLP Youth Officer, UniteAndy Reid, PCSCiaran Donnelly, Unison RepLeo Robinson, Lewisham Deptford CLP, Unite