'It's like a floating hotel': Ex-prisoner had no problems being on ship set to house migrants

6 April 2023, 11:59

Ex-prisoner 'doesn't see the problem' with housing migrants on barges

By Phoebe Dampare Osei

This caller suggests the migrants won't have much of a problem being housed on the Bibby Stockholm in Dorset while their asylum claims are processed.

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC had asked Robert in Epsom what his "gut feel" was towards the government's plans.

The caller replied: "I was on that ship about 20 years ago and I had no problems being on it."

"I was told that it was used in the oil industry as living accommodation and they converted to a prison ship", he explained, adding that he was "sentenced on there".

Robert continued: "It is like a floating hotel. You have fully fitted carpet, ensuite bathroom and toilet - in my case a shower - you had tv radio, gymnasium, medical care, you had a swimming pool."

The inmates also had time for "association" where the cabin doors would be opened to allow them to socialise.

"I had no problems being on that ship", he told Nick, suggesting the migrants wouldn't have much of a problem either.

READ MORE: Rishi Sunak hails mega-barge being towed from Italy to Dorset to house 500 migrants as 'value for money'

Dominic Raab doesn't know how many barges are available

In this controversial plan, the government wants to move migrants and asylum seekers out of hotels to cut costs of around £6m a day, according to the Home Office.

The Bibby Stockholm barge would be towed from Italy to Portland Port, Dorset, to house 500 single males while they wait for their asylum claims to be processed.

This latest move comes as the government presses on with its Illegal Migration Bill in an attempt to crack down on the number of small boats crossing the Channel.

READ MORE: Government wins crunch vote on controversial small boats bill despite backbench backlash

Last month, it was also announced that the UK will help fund a new detention centre in France as part of a £479 million deal to stop migrants attempting to travel through the Channel.

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Nick Ferrari pressed Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson regarding trans women and bathrooms.

'So which lavatory would they actually use?': Nick Ferrari presses shadow minister on trans women and public toilets

Postal minister Kevin Hollinrake has said a future Tory government could intervene in the deal for Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky to take over the Royal Mail.

'Not a done deal': Minister says Royal Mail sale to foreign owner may not take place

Home Secretary James Cleverly (left) and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper take part in a live immigration debate on LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast at Global Studios in Leicester Square, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 25, 2024.

James Cleverly debates Yvette Cooper on immigration | Watch Again

Yvette Cooper slammed Just Stop Oil as 'pathetic'

Yvette Cooper slams 'pathetic' Just Stop Oil as she brands Stonehenge stunt a 'total disgrace'

Laura Saunders, the Conservative candidate for Bristol North West

Tory candidate being investigated over alleged election date bet is 'married to Conservative Director of Campaigns'

Gambling probes into two Tory candidates are a 'betrayal of trust' in Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove has said.

Gove says election bets are ‘betrayal of Prime Minister’s trust’ as second Tory candidate investigated by regulator

Keir Starmer came out on top after LBC’s two exclusive phone-ins

Keir Starmer comes out on top after LBC phone-ins – as Rishi Sunak seen as ‘overwhelmingly negative’

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'We would seek a better agreement' Keir Starmer tells LBC where he thinks "botched" Brexit deal can be improved

Sir Keir Starmer speaks to LBC

‘No magic wand’ to recruit more teachers as Starmer insists removing ‘tax breaks’ for private schools is ‘tough choice’

Tom Weatherall is still searching for his treasured medals which went missing in France

Renewed plea for missing medals lost in France as RAF veteran gifted with set of replicas

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implimented'

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implemented'

Nigel Farage says Germans should 'get a sense of humour' amid calls for football fans who chant 'Ten German Bombers' to be prosecuted

Nigel Farage says Germans need to 'get a sense of humour' if football fans sing Ten German Bombers chant

Nigel Farage in the LBC studio today and (right) on the Reform UK campaign bus in Barnsley, South Yorkshire this week

'This is how ordinary people speak': Farage defends Reform UK candidates after anti-Islam and far-right comments exposed

Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride was put on the spot by an LBC listener from a "Blue Wall" constituency rained down a barrage of complaints about soaring mortgages, the NHS crisis, crumbling schools and roads, and dentist shortages.

'Why would anyone sane vote for the Tories?': Minister put on the spot with barrage of complaints from LBC listener

Mr Weatherall's lost medals

Nick Ferrari offers £500 reward for return of RAF veteran's medals lost yesterday in Ranville, France

Kemi Badenoch rules out serving alongside Nigel Farage after he hints at Tory takeover.

Nigel Farage 'wants to destroy the Conservative Party', Kemi Badenoch tells LBC