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HAGUE TO PROPOSE DETAINING ALL NEW ASYLUM SEEKERS

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The Conservative leader William Hague will today propose that all new asylum seekers entering Britain by held in de...
The Conservative leader William Hague will today propose that all new asylum seekers entering Britain by held in detention centres, reports The Daily Telegraph (p1).

He will also make clear that he intends to make the cost of asylum seekers an issue in next month's local elections. This follows Labour research which has shown that public concern over the issue now ranks third, after health and education.

The Tories and the Labour Party have both faced criticism for their rhetoric on asylum seekers, but Mr Hague will use his speech to the Social Market Foundation in London to make clear he will not be silenced on the issue.

He will propose that asylum seekers should be detained in reception centres, probably former army barracks. These would not be prisons - and party officials stressed that the regime would not be punitive.

The asylum seekers would be housed in welcoming but secure surroundings and would no longer be allowed to live in the community while their claims were processed. Only new arrivals would be detained.
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