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The Independent View: Child detention – mind the gap between rhetoric and reality

‘Today marks a big culture shift within our immigration system,’ said Nick Clegg two weeks ago, announcing plans purporting to end child detention. ‘That practice, the practice we inherited, ends here,’ he said.

Sadly, it didn’t end there.

Liberal Democrats interested in these matters might take a look at two dossiers of evidence compiled by End Child Detention Now and published on openDemocracy.

Mind the Gap! Coalition claims and realities for child detention in the UK tests the new ‘compassionate approach to family returns’ as expressed in government documents released on December 16

Drawing on evidence elsewhere, for instance an HMIP report on …

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The Independent View: Please make sure they really do end child detention

Liberal Democrats are understandably confused about whether child detention is ending or not.

Nick Clegg got the commitment to end child detention into the Coalition Agreement. Only last Thursday Sarah Teather promised: ‘Rest assured. It will be done.’ She also said: ‘We have to be careful not to rush into this as we are dealing with the safety and well-being of often vulnerable children and it is essential it is done properly.’

Quite how children’s safety might be served by not rushing to end a practice proven to wreck their lives is a mystery that suggests leading Liberal Democrats have been

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  • User AvatarDinti Batstone 27th Jun - 6:25pm
    Why don't you and Jo do it as a job-share? :-)
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 27th Jun - 6:16pm
    A debate between Daniel Hannon and Sarah Ludford would have been interesting.
  • User AvatarMillicent SB 27th Jun - 6:15pm
    I'm sorry neither Ed nor Jo feels up to taking on leadership at the moment. Interesting that Ed has some similar reasons to Jo's and...
  • User AvatarSadie Smith 27th Jun - 6:14pm
    As we all say, entirely understandable good reasons. I do hope the Party and the Parliamentarians have a think about what we expect from the...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 27th Jun - 6:12pm
    theakes 27th Jun '17 - 5:25pm Please see BBC TV Daily Politics 27/6/2017. Frances O 'Grady (TUC) said that they have done research into youthful...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 27th Jun - 6:08pm
    I would have liked a contest but it looks like its not going to happen so lets cancel the "Process" & stop ourselves looking silly....
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