As it happened: Priti Patel provides major update after 27 migrants killed crossing Channel

25 November 2021, 09:04 | Updated: 25 November 2021, 16:26

By Daisy Stephens

Priti Patel has addressed MPs after 27 migrants died in the Channel on Wednesday and more made the perilous journey on Thursday morning.

At least 27 died yesterday attempting the crossing, including children and women - one who was pregnant, when their small inflatable dinghy was hit by another ship.

Further rescue efforts were under way today and French police were seen combing the dunes on beaches in northern France.

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