Keir Starmer announced that he will not implement the previous government’s plan to deport irregular migrants to Rwanda

Keir Starmer announced that he will not implement the previous government’s plan to deport irregular migrants to Rwanda
Keir Starmer announced that he will not implement the previous government’s plan to deport irregular migrants to Rwanda

Keir Starmer at his first cabinet meeting (Chris Eades/Pool via REUTERS)

The Labour Party Keir Starmernew prime minister of United Kingdommet this Saturday for the first time in Downing Street -the seat of government in London- with his newly formed Cabinet of Ministers after his majority victory in the British elections. After the meeting, he announced that will not implement the previous government’s plan to expel irregular migrants to Rwanda.

The prime minister and his new team briefly posed for local media with a big smile at the start of the meeting, held at the headquarters of the British Executive in Downing Street. “Colleagues, it is absolutely fantastic to welcome you to the Cabinet, our first meeting. And it has been the honour and privilege of my life to have been invited by the King, His Majesty the King, yesterday to form a Government and to form the Labour Government of 2024,” Starmer told his new ministers.

“And now we are holding our first cabinet meeting. And so I welcome you all. We have a huge amount of work to doso now we get on with it,” Starmer added to applause from the team.

The new head of the Executive assembled a team yesterday with no major surprises just minutes after having given his first speech to the nation as Prime Minister, after having been commissioned by King Charles III to form a government.

Today’s meeting with his cabinet focused on what the Labour environment has called his “first steps” in power, including, among others, how the new Executive will address the country’s economic stability, how it will resolve the enormous waiting lists in the public health system or how it will address illegal immigration.

Keir Starmer’s first cabinet meeting (Chris Eades/Pool via REUTERS)

Starmer has surrounded himself with heavyweights from his team when he was in opposition as senior ministers in the Labour government, with Angela Rayner as “number two” and Rachel Reeves as finance minister. They all marched today, in the rain, to their first meeting in Downing Street.

David Lammy He is the new head of Foreign Affairs, John Healey will lead Defense, Yvette Cooper takes over the Interior and the coordinator of the Labour campaign, Pat McFaddenwill lead the Cabinet Office (comparable to the Presidency) as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

As planned, Labour put an end to 14 years of conservative rule at the pollssinking the formation of Rishi Sunak with a resounding majority of 412 seats (out of a total of 650) compared to the Tories’ 121.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Lammy, Secretary of State for Energy Security Ed Miliband and Secretary of State for Business and Trade Jonathan Reynolds walk outside Downing Street on the day of the first cabinet meeting with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, in London (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

At a press conference organised after the first cabinet meeting of the new British government, Keir Starmer confirmed his intention to abandon the plan of the previous conservative government to expel irregular migrants to Rwanda.

The project “It was dead and buried before it even started. It was never a deterrent (…), I am not prepared to continue with deceptive measures“Starmer said.

He then revealed that in the first meeting with his team of ministers he told them “how to put into practice the plans we have detailed in our electoral programme”, in addition to detailing them “exactly” what awaits “in terms of standards, execution and the trust the country has placed in them”.

Among his most immediate plans, the new head of the Executive announced that will visit the four nations of this country after the “clear mandate” sent from all of them to the polls.

Britain’s House of Commons Leader Lucy Powell walks outside Downing Street on the day of her first cabinet meeting with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

“For the first time in over 20 years, we have a majority in England, Scotland and Wales and this is a clear mandate to govern in all four corners of the United Kingdom and, therefore, I’m leaving tomorrow to be in all four nations“, said.

That tour, he explained, will begin in Scotlandwill continue in North Irelandwill then pass through Gales to return to England for the purpose of “set the way of working across the UKwhich will be different and better than what has been the case in recent years.”

The Labour leader said that “will not rest until change is achieved” for which citizens have voted and stated that this Executive has “a service mentality. Our country comes first, and the party, second. And it is not a slogan. It is what our decisions are based on.”

(With information from EFE and AFP)

 
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