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Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of a “cover-up” after censoring a report that slams UK border controls. Ms May has used legal powers to black out 15 sections of the report on checks between Britain and France. They include a section revealing that staff and managers fear resources in Calais are stretched. Ms May was accused of abusing laws that are supposed to protect national security to hide “her own failings”. Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant said: “Yet again the Government refuses to be straight with the British people about immigration and our borders. “This cover-up and the failure at our borders provide yet more dents in this Government’s much-tarnished credibility. “What possible reason can there be for redacting elements of a report by a highly-respected independent inspector?” The Labour MP added: “This is a cover-up to hide her own failings.” Uncensored sections of chief inspector John Vine’s report reveal that thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to slip in to the UK from France have not been fingerprinted for four years. It also reveals that the Border Force which is supposed to police ports and airports is letting off drivers and firms guilty of bringing in illegal immigrants with paltry fines. And border staff remain concerned about the “Lille loophole” that lets some Eurostar train passengers travelling to Britain via the French avoid immigration checks. That section is also among those partly censored by the Home Secretary. Keith Vaz, chair of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said MPs had been assured the loophole had been closed. “The withholding of information prevents us from properly holding the Border Force to account.”
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