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The Home Secretary is running out of ideas on Channel migrants

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What issues will come back to haunt the Government at the next election?

This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson took action in the form of a manifesto-breaking tax-rise to try to stop social care and sky-high NHS waiting lists proving toxic in a few years’ time.

However, as the Tories slide in the polls, there’s another issue that is increasingly a cause for concern for the Prime Minister: migrant crossings over the English Channel.

Before the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated and dominated the news last month, it was Channel crossings that were the recess story ministers most dreaded.

Given Johnson’s referendum promise to take back control of the UK’s borders, anything that visibly suggests the opposite is viewed as potentially toxic to Tory voters.

Yet the issue is becoming bigger by the day. So far this year, the number of migrants illegally crossing the Channel has already surpassed last year’s total of 8,417.

This week alone there have been more than 1,500 people. The images over the summer of migrants arriving on beaches have been widely shared by Tory MPs who are concerned about the electoral effect.

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