THE reopening of a controversial immigration detention centre is set to be discussed in Parliament.

The Home Office announced in June that Campsfield House in Kidlington will be redeveloped in order to create a 400-bedroom immigration removal centre for men.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has now secured a debate in the House of Commons, on September 9, on the proposals.

Ms Moran and local campaigners fought for the site to be closed, succeeding in 2018.

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She said: “I have secured this debate in the House of Commons to hold the Government’s feet to the fire over this disgraceful proposal.

“This failing Conservative Government is spending £227 million of taxpayers’ money on the proposal.

“That money would be far better spent on fixing our broken and cruel asylum system.

“Our community fought for years to close this facility, and is dismayed by the proposals to reopen Campsfield. I will make sure their concerns are once again heard by Government ministers.

“There’s no question about it, Campsfield House should not reopen. I hope the minister uses September’s debate to listen to our community’s concerns.”

The debate comes after Ms Moran tabled a motion in Parliament calling for Campsfield House to remain closed.

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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