I was truly shocked to see this Tweet from Peter Kyle Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and MP for Hove to think that Jonathan Gullis used to be a teacher, what on earth must have been taught to those children?
The Conservative Party got rid of most of their moderates in 2019 and now they really are UKIP, just masquerading as Tories as demonstrated by the behaviour of Gullis.
Jonathan Gullis’s response was to very serious claims concerning 200 children the government have admitted have gone missing from hotels and hostels, have they been trafficked under our governments watch?
Two hundred missing children
Tulip Siddiq MP asked the PM:
“As a Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Trust this week I was honoured to hear from Lia Lesser who came to this country by herself at the age of eight because her parents believed this country was a safe haven for children.
“This week I read the government’s own statistics that there were 200 asylum seeking unaccompanied children who were missing from hotels in the UK. Ministers have admitted that they have no idea about the whereabouts of these children. So can I ask the Prime Minister if he still thinks the UK is a safe haven for venerable children?”
Whilst the prime minister said the reports were “concerning” and that we need to “end the use of hotels for unaccompanied asylum seekers”, it was the heckles of Jonathan Gullis that many found deeply concerning.
The question from Tulip Siddiq relates to news this week that a minister had admitted that two hundred asylum-seeking children who were placed in hotels run by the Home Office have gone missing, Home Office minister Simon Murray admitted. The numbers include 14 missing children under the age of 16.
Children being taken by traffickers
The news was broke by the Observer when a whistle blower working for a Home Office subcontractor in Brighton said, “Children are literally being picked up from outside the building, disappearing and not being found. They’re being taken from the street by traffickers.”
Which makes Stoke on Trent’s Jonathan Gullis MP comments “well they shouldn’t have come here illegally” even more abhorrent.
The Observer also reported that the Home Office was repeatedly warned by the police that these children would be targeted by criminal gangs. This raises the question on not only what the Home Office did but indeed the police.
To make matters worse whilst in the care of the Home Office, the staff in the hotels used to house the unaccompanied children have not been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – which is quite rightfully a safeguarding requirement of government rules. Nobody in this day and age should be working with children without a DBS check.
We should be ashamed of the way these vulnerable children in our care are likely to be being taken by traffickers on what looks to be an unimaginable scale.
Britain has been taking in migrants for years
Britain has a long history of taking in migrants including the parents of both of the last Home Secretaries Suella Braverman and Priti Patel, both of whom have overseen this programme that has led to these children going missing.
In March 2022, Gullis launched an attack on “woke warrior teachers” who were pushing “extremist nonsense such as white privilege and try to cancel important historical figures such as Sir Winston Churchill”, and were “aided and abetted” by unions such as the National Education Union (NEU).
More recently, Gullis, who quite incredibly was for a short time the education minister during Liz Truss’s brief stint as prime minister. Yes, you read that right.
Indeed Jonathan Gullis who is an ex NASUWT union representative recently attacked teaching union leaders for being “Bolsheviks and Commies” who “want to make sure that kids continue to suffer” with their strikes.
Is it time that Gullis and these thug-like MPs actually educate themselves about our British history instead of attacking “woke” teachers, which brings me full circle to Siddiq’s speech today and the Jewish Kindertransport children who were evacuated from Nazi Germany to Britain.
In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, let’s remind ourselves of what being British really means and the 10,000 who came to Britain on trains and boats as documented in this excellent six part series The Kindertransport children 80 years on: ‘We thought we were going on an adventure’ by Stephen Moss in the Guardian.
Perhaps Jonathan might start his educational trip in his own workplace with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial exhibition in Parliament.