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Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, in response to the Home Secretary’s speech earlier today, said:

“The expansion of face-to-face interviews for student applicants who wish to come to the UK to study is a logical next step. It is right that these checks are in place to discover bogus students, while ensuring legitimate students are not put off from coming here.

“But the Home Secretary has questions to answer on how her severe cuts and redundancies have hamstrung our border services. She made too far too fast cuts to thousands of staff without thinking of the consequences and must now re-employ them to carry out these checks.

"As everyone knows, these cuts have already led to long queues at airports, breaches of security and a continued low quality of service from the UK Border Agency – she hasn’t even been able to recruit someone to run the UK Border Force full-time.

“The Home Secretary has no workable policies to meet her target on net migration and she needs to get a grip; of the UKBA, of the UK Border Force but most of all of her failing policies.”

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