Yvette Cooper MP Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that Ad Vans will not be rolled out across the country, said:
“What was the Home Secretary thinking of? Theresa May should apologise for this massive error of judgement. She signed off the vans, the slogans and the funding, and she has defended them for months. Yet everyone else could see from the start these would be ineffective and divisive.
“This was never a serious policy to tackle illegal immigration - the Home Secretary only supported them for divisive political reasons, and it is no surprise to everyone else that reportedly only one person returned.
“Did she really think people here illegally, ignoring Home Office letters, would decide to return just because of a poster on a van?
“The Ad Vans were worse than ineffective. They were sent to London boroughs with the highest proportion of ethnic minority British citizens, driving past the homes and offices of families whose parents and grandparents had to endure those same slogans scrawled high in National Front graffiti forty years ago. The Home Secretary should be ashamed of the decisions she took. We need practical solutions, not divisive gimmicks.”