Suella Braverman can't be blamed for housing migrants on barge with Legionella, ConservativeHome editor says

14 August 2023, 19:02 | Updated: 14 August 2023, 19:09

'Unwise' for Tories to leave ECHR before next election, Conservative Home editor says

By Abbie Reynolds

The Home Office is so "vast" the Bibby Stockhom Legionella test likely didn't "filter through" to key decision makers, ConservativeHome's Henry Hill argues.

Last week the 39 migrants housed on the Bibby Stockholm barge, docked in Portland, were removed after legionella bacteria was detected in the water supply.

It has since been reported that contractors hired by the government to staff the Bibby Stockholm were told about legionella on board the day the first migrants moved in.

READ MORE: Bibby Stockholm workers hired by government knew about Legionella on barge 'the day migrants moved in'

Speaking to the Deputy Editor of the right-wing blog ConservativeHome, Henry Hill, Tom Swarbrick asked what the failures of the Bibby Stockholm would mean for the Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

"It’s obviously politically difficult for Suella, but in in her defence, the home secretary in successive Conservative governments has been put in an impossible position," Mr Hill began.

"One because the Home Office is simply too big. It's a vast department with a tiny ministerial team at the top. It's very difficult for them to be across everything.

"But two because successive Prime Ministers have outsourced to the Home Office the job of being bad cop, the job of trying to bring immigration down legal and illegal whilst no other part of government is really on board with that."

Henry Hill maintained that the Home Secretary is taking on a job that is "very difficult" and therefore "whatever you think of Suella Braverman, it is not entirely her fault".

More than three dozen migrants who arrived on the Bibby Stockholm barge last week have been temporarily relocated after traces of legionella bacteria were found in the barge's water supply.
More than three dozen migrants who arrived on the Bibby Stockholm barge last week have been temporarily relocated after traces of legionella bacteria were found in the barge's water supply. Picture: Getty

Tom challenged this: "It is someone in the Home Office's fault, though, no? That a legionella test was being done, the results perhaps confirmed as legionella being present on the same day that people went into the boat."

Mr Hill agreed, "It's someone in the Home Office’s fault" but "it's very hard to know, one, who that was, and two, for that information to have filtered through to the key decision makers".

READ MORE: 'Well done to the government for fine organisation': Andrew Castle's sarcastic response to Bibby Stockholm evacuation

READ MORE: Rishi Sunak still has 'confidence' in Home Secretary Suella Braverman despite Legionella discovery on Bibby Stockholm

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

Lord Harrington said there should be a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes.

Former refugees minister Lord Harrington calls for a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes

Mel Stride has backed the PM

Rishi Sunak has 'absolutely not' betrayed nation over Rwanda plan, insists minister after Braverman's attack on PM

Tom and caller

'Our family is there': Mother shares heartbreaking experience of being a British Jew during Israel-Hamas conflict

The ban will be brought into effect in months

'Children should be in the classroom to learn': Gillian Keegan orders 'blanket ban' of mobile phones in schools

Exclusive
Tributes have been paid to Elianne after she was stabbed to death in Croydon

Fellow pupil of schoolgirl stabbed to death in Croydon describes heartbreaking moment students were told of her killing

Scotland's first safe drug consumption space set to be openned

'Isn't this just decriminalising heroin?': Tom Swarbrick questions Labour MSP over first safe drug consumption room

The education secretary discusses educational reforms with Tom Swarbrick

Shadow education secretary says 'Building Schools for the Future Programme' would have prevented Raac crisis

Tom Swabrick

'Is it not completely mental?': Tom Swarbrick astonished as schools shut due to crumble-risk concrete before new term

Exam results

Equation sheets given to GCSE cohort in attempt lessen reduced grade inflation blow, schools minister says

Crime commentator on Adam Provan

Internal review of rapist ex-Met officer is the equivalent of 'marking your own homework', says crime commentator

Education Secretary discuss new Eton free schools on LBC

‘Bailed out by Eton’: Education Secretary discusses new free schools with Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Exclusive
Lord Edward Garnier has called for a public inquiry into Andrew Malkinson's case

Top lawyer blasts Andrew Malkinson rape case as the 'worst miscarriage of justice of the 21st century'

Tom Swarbrick on mortgages

It would be 'manifestly unfair' to use taxpayers' money to subsidise mortgages, Tom Swarbrick says

Tom Swarbrick

'It's a case of Ulez you lose', Tom Swarbrick tells Tory chairman as Conservatives retain Uxbridge seat

Tom on JSO

'Am I complicit in a Holocaust?' asks Tom Swarbrick, as Just Stop Oil compares oil and gas giants to Nazis