Jess Phillips MP headshotJess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley


June 27, 2017 - 8:52am By: OfficeTeam

Yardley MP Jess Phillips questioned the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the immigration status of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"I want to follow on from the point made about immigration status by my very welcome hon. Friend the Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad). Having worked with people with a very fragile immigration status who have suffered a trauma, I know that until people have a stable immigration status, they will never feel safe to speak out. The Secretary of State asks what we can do. We could give those people a message today that we will fast-track them for indefinite leave to remain, with access to public funds, so that they can go through the inquiry without fear or favour. Will he agree to that?"
Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:
"It is a very important point. I think we can show appropriate sensitivity to victims who feel that they have challenges with their immigration status and treat them more favourably."

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