No10 says ‘no plan’ to expel bishops from House of Lords after criticizing Rwanda’s migration plan

Boris walks away from bishops bashing: Number 10 says there is ‘no plan’ to expel clergy from House of Lords after claiming Rwandan migrant plan ‘shames’ the Great -Brittany

  • Prime Minister has ‘no intention’ of expelling 26 bishops from House of Lords, according to Number 10
  • Church leadership slams ‘immoral’ plan to send migrants to Rwanda
  • Cabinet ministers reportedly openly talked about expelling bishops

Downing Street today played down suggestions that the 26 bishops could be expelled from the House of Lords after criticizing the government’s migration program from Rwanda.

In an excoriating letter this week, the entire top leadership of the Church of England claimed the ‘immoral’ plan to send migrants to Africa ‘brings Britain to shame’.

The Church, led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, has been one of the main opponents of the £120million scheme.

Recent weeks have seen a war of words deepen between the Church and Boris Johnson, along with other senior government ministers.

But Number 10 this afternoon rejected suggestions that direct action could be taken against the Church.

Cabinet ministers have been reported to be openly talking about expelling the 26 bishops from the House of Lords – with one noting that Iran is the only other country to have religious leaders sitting in its parliament.

Yet when asked if the Prime Minister wanted Church leaders expelled from the upper house, Mr Johnson’s press secretary said: ‘There are no plans to do that. ”

Boris Johnson has ‘no intention’ of expelling 26 bishops from the House of Lords, No 10 says today

Archbishops and bishops of the Church of England - who have criticized the government's plan for Rwanda - sit in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual

Archbishops and bishops of the Church of England – who have criticized the government’s plan for Rwanda – sit in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual

Home Secretary Priti Patel plans to send migrants who enter Britain illegally to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed

Home Secretary Priti Patel plans to send migrants who enter Britain illegally to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed

The entire top leadership of the Church of England has claimed that the plan to send migrants to Africa

The entire Church of England senior leadership has claimed the plan to send migrants to Africa ‘puts Britain to shame’

Under a deal struck with Kigali in April, Home Secretary Priti Patel plans to send migrants who enter Britain illegally thousands of miles away to have their asylum claims processed.

His plan has yet to be put in place after the European Court of Human Rights blocked a first flight to Rwanda last night.

Archbishops and bishops of the Church of England sit in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual.

In their letter this week, published in The temperaturethe current 25 members of Lords Spiritual claimed that Rwandan politics “should put us to shame as a nation”.

“The shame is ours, for our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum seekers with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have done for centuries,” they wrote.

“Those who will be deported to Rwanda have had no chance of appealing or reuniting with their families in Britain.

“They had no consideration for their asylum claim, no acknowledgment of their medical or other needs, or any attempt to understand their plight.”

Their letter added: ‘We cannot offer asylum to everyone, but we must not outsource our ethical responsibilities or reject international law – which protects the right to seek asylum.’

“We must put an end to the evil traffic; many churches are involved in his fight. This requires global cooperation at all levels of society.

“To reduce dangerous travel to the UK, we need safe routes: the church will continue to defend them.

“But deportations – and the potential forced return of asylum seekers to their countries of origin – are not the solution. This immoral policy puts Great Britain to shame.

Following the Bishops’ intervention, TalkTV presenter Tom Newton Dunn reported that Cabinet ministers were openly talking about kicking them out of the Lords.

He revealed on Twitter that a minister told him, “Only Iran also has clerics who sit in its legislature.” They will go.

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