All the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership , past and present, have now backed the Rwanda scheme. Rishi Sunak is the latest to express support. According to a spokesperson, “Rishi is proud to be from a family of immigrants, but believes that the UK must have control of its borders.”
Earlier, Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, Jeremy Hunt, Tom Tugendhat and Sajid Javid all pledged to continue the Rwanda scheme. Jeremy Hunt told the Sunday Telegraph that he would like to expand the scheme to other countries, as well as using Rwanda.
However, on Sky News he also said, “We need to be a humane country that offers a safe haven for people who genuinely need asylum, then we need to find legal, safe routes for people to come here.” It is unclear how this squares with the Rwanda policy.
Tom Tugendhat told the Sunday Times that “you cannot have rewards for criminality and illegal action”, while Sajid Javid confirmed to the BBC that he agreed with the policy.