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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary
, said in response to Raed Salah being allowed into the UK:

“The Government's rhetoric of being tough on border controls has just been exposed as an incompetent sham.

“The Home Secretary needs to urgently explain why an individual banned from this country has just been allowed to walk in and instead of being stopped at the border now has to be pursued by the police instead.

“Yesterday Theresa May said that coming to this country was a privilege and she would refuse entry to Britain of anyone that she deemed not conducive to the public good. Her words now ring very hollow indeed.

“The Home Secretary has already undermined the UK Border Agency, cutting its staff by 5,000, its budget by 20% and has failed to appoint it a chief executive. 

“She needs to understand the importance of an effective border agency to deal with cases like these and to make sure that this does not happen again.”

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