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Nick Clegg confirms end to child detention

December 16, 2010 9:03 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

He said the practice will end completely by May 2011, and confirmed that the family wing of Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire is to close immediately.

Mr Clegg said:

"Today the Coalition Government is setting out, for the first time, how we are ending the detention of children for immigration purposes in the UK.

"How we are ending the shameful practice that last year alone saw over 1000 children - 1000 innocent children - imprisoned.

"Today's announcement marks a big culture shift within our immigration system.

"One that puts our values - the protection of children - above paranoia over our borders.

"One that prioritises doing the right thing over looking and sounding tough."