Penny Mordaunt says new Rwanda bill is part of ‘moral crusade’ to stop the boats

After delivering the weekly business statement today, leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt batted away Labour’s concerns about the new Rwanda legislation, saying it is part of a “moral crusade” to stop the boats.

It came after shadow leader of the House Lucy Powell accused the Conservative Party of being in a “mess”, adding: “They are now in freefall, unable to govern. All the while, families [are] worried about paying their bills and affording Christmas. The prime minister is so weak he can’t convince his own side – satisfying no one and inflaming them all”.

Mordaunt responded: “The Opposition have put forward no alternative [to the Rwanda plan]. So my question to them is, what is the objection? It can’t be a legal one. It does not break international law, nor does it blur the distinction between law makers and those that interpret the law.

She added: “It can’t be a moral objection, [because] it is a moral crusade to use every single tool that we have to end the trafficking of human beings”. is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here.